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Dozens of victims in an Iraqi refugee camp

Yet another weekend marked by episodes of violence in Iraq. About 50 Iranian dissidents, refugees were killed yesterday in  the Ashraf camp. The surviving refugees accuse the Iraqi special forces of having carried out a mortar attack. Government sources have denied this version and an army official said that it was the camp residents who attacked the soldiers on guard outside after several mortar shots of unknown provenance had been heard. The United Nations High Commissioner  for Refugees (unhcr) deplored what  what he called “the use of force” against civilians and appealed to Baghdad to guarantee the safety of camp residents. The same request was made yesterday by Ambassador to Iraq of the United States, who firmly condemned what he described as  "the terrible events”.

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June 18, 2019

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