UNHCR statement on today's attack on Iraq's Camp Ashraf

Press Releases, 1 September 2013

UNHCR has received reports this morning of an attack on Camp Ashraf, in eastern Iraq.

While we are still seeking detail of what occurred it appears that deadly force has been used and that a number of people have been killed or wounded. UNHCR strongly condemns this attack. The use of violence against a civilian population is unacceptable in any circumstances.

We call on the Iraqi authorities to immediately ensure the security of the residents. It is important that the violence stop and that medical help be urgently provided for the wounded.

Press Contacts

Natalia Prokpchuk (Baghdad) +964 780 921 7341 prokopch@unhcr.org

Peter Kessler (Amman) +962 7 9631 7901 kessler@unhcr.org

Adrian Edwards, (Geneva) +41 79 557 9120 edwards@unhcr.org