Friends of a Free Iran in European Parliament strongly condemn rocket attack on Camp Liberty

Friends of a Free Iran in European Parliament strongly condemn rocket attack on Camp Liberty

Published by on July 5, 2016

Gerard_Deprez_400_1The following is a press release issued on Tuesday by the Chairman of the Friends of a Free Iran (FOFI) group at the European Parliament following the rocket attack on Monday on Camp Liberty which houses members of the main Iranian opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK):
Press release ‐ Friends of a Free Iran in European Parliament ‐ 5 July 2016
Friends of a Free Iran in European Parliament strongly condemn rocket attack on Camp Liberty in Iraq
The Friends of a Free Iran group in the European Parliament which enjoys the support of several hundred MEPs strongly condemns the terrorist attack against Iranian opposition refugees in Camp Liberty in Iraq last night.
At around 20:30 local time on Monday 4 July, a barrage of 50 rockets and missiles were fired at Camp Liberty, near Baghdad airport, which houses hundreds of defenceless members of the main Iranian opposition, PMOI.
Large parts of the camp were set on fire and many residential trailers and infrastructures were totally demolished. Over 50 people were injured.
Camp Liberty has been systematically attacked by militias affiliated with the fundamentalist regime in Tehran. In October last year, a similar attack took the lives of 24 residents and left many more wounded.
In the days prior to this latest rocket attack, the Iraqi forces responsible for the camp management had prevented entry of fuel, food stuffs, medicine and hygiene products to the camp for eight consecutive days. This is while temperatures in Baghdad reach 50 degrees C during the holy month of Ramadan when Liberty residents are fasting.
We call on European Union High Representative and the Member states to immediately condemn this brutal act against these defenceless refugees. This is clearly a crime against humanity as it is part of a systematic attack directed against a civilian population.
We therefore call for an independent inquiry to investigate this attack on the civilian population of Liberty.
We also call on EU and the west to act firmly to expel Iranian regime’s terrorist Quds force from Iraq which regularly plans and executes terrorist plots against the civilian populations.
Gérard Deprez, MEP
Chair of Friends of a Free Iran (FOFI)
European Parliament
Friends of a Free Iran (FoFI) is an informal group in the European Parliament which was formed in 2003 and enjoys the active support of many MEPs from various political groups.

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