UN mission in Iraq witnesses aftermath of attack on Camp Ashraf

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United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq

The UN Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) says its delegation has visited Camp Ashraf which was attacked on Sunday. The camp is housing about 100 Iranian dissidents.

UNAMI says the delegation witnessed 52 bodies in a makeshift morgue, inside the camp, located north-east of the capital, Baghdad.

According to UNAMI, all the deceased appeared to have suffered gunshot wounds, the majority of them in the head and the upper body, and several had their hands tied.

The delegation was led by its deputy head, Gyorgy Busztin, and included the mission's Chiefs of Human Rights and Medical Section who went to the camp on Monday.

Meanwhile, in Geneva, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has added its voice to the condemnation of the attack on Camp Ashraf.

Cécile Pouilly is Spokesperson for the UN human rights office.

"We strongly condemn the attack on Camp Ashraf which took place on Sunday and reportedly led to the killing of at least 47 camp residents. We call upon the Iraqi government to ensure that medical assistance is urgently provided for the wounded and to guarantee that the protection of the residents who remain in Camp Ashraf as well as those who are currently in Camp Liberty takes place." (26")

Camp Liberty near the international airport in Baghdad is sheltering about 3,000 Iranians transferred from Camp Ashraf under a December 2011 agreement between the United Nations and the Iraqi government.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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