Iraqi government bars entry of water purification items to Camp Liberty

Iraqi government bars entry of water purification items to Camp Liberty

Published by on February 9, 2015

It is several days now that the Iraqi forces are barring entry of essential items for water purification system and lubricants for the generators that provide camp’s electricity. Numerous referrals by the residents to UNAMI representatives to resolve this problem have gotten nowhere so far.

This new anti-human restriction is clearly being implemented by orders from the Tehran regime and comes after Iraqi forces have been preventing gasoline to get to the camp for the past two months.  Gasoline is essential for distribution of food to various sections of the camp and for commuting patients and injured in the camp.

This siege is in flagrant violation of international humanitarian and human rights laws and is a blatant breach of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the United Nations and the Government of Iraq as well as the repeated and written commitments of the United States and the United Nations about the security and wellbeing of Camp Liberty residents.

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