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30 Dec 2014

UNAMI - UN Envoy strongly condemns the deadly attacks on Camp Hurriya, calls on Government of Iraq to protect its residents

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Nickolay Mladenov, has expressed his deep concern at the attack on Baghdad International Airport Zone last night during which a number of rockets landed on Camp Hurriya. A number of residents were reported killed and injured. Of those, at least four were seriously injured and were taken to hospitals in Baghdad by the Iraqi authorities.

SRSG Mladenov said "This is another stark reminder of the increasing violence in Iraq. The Government, in cooperation with the Camp Hurriya leadership, needs to take immediate action to ensure that appropriate measures are put in place to maximise the security of the residents". He added that "the responsibility for protecting the residents of the Camp falls on the Government of Iraq as agreed in the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed between the Government and the United Nations in December 2011. This latest incident must be fully investigated by the authorities and those responsible brought to justice".

Mladenov also urged "the international community to urgently intensify its efforts to find resettlement opportunities as this is the ultimate guarantee of the security and safety of Camp Hurriya residents."

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