United Nations deplores attack on a camp for Iranian exiles in Iraq

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Entrance gate of Camp Ashraf

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has deplored the tragic events that left 47 people killed in Camp Ashraf north-east of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Sunday.

According to reports, the camp, housing about 100 Iranian dissidents, was attacked with mortar shells and gun fire.

The Secretary-General is urging the government of Iraq to promptly investigate the incident and disclose its findings.

He appeals for the urgent restoration of security in Camp Ashraf noting that it is the responsibility of the Government of Iraq to ensure the safety and security of the residents.

Secretary-General Ban reiterates "his full support for and his absolute confidence in the relentless work of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)."

Camp Ashraf, established in the 1980's to launch attacks on Iran, once housed thousands of members of the People's Mujahadeen of Iran, but now most of its residents have been moved to another camp.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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