UNHCR shocked by another attack affecting Camp Hurriya in Iraq

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The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has strongly condemned Thursday night's attack on the Baghdad International Airport Zone, during which a number of rockets landed on Camp Hurriya – reportedly killing three and injuring many more in the camp.

At least four camp residents who sustained serious injuries were reportedly rushed to hospitals in Baghdad by the Iraqi authorities.

UNHCR noted that Camp Hurriya has already been hit on multiple occasions. Camp New Iraq (formerly Ashraf), where residents were previously staying, was also the target of an attack in the past. The agency stressed that it has consistently deplored such unacceptable attacks.

UNHCR said it remains deeply concerned for the safety of the residents of Camp Hurriya and is calling on the government of Iraq to urgently scale up security measures in the camp to ensure the safety and security of its residents. It is also urging the government to launch a full scale independent investigation into all the incidents.

The UN refugee agency urgently reiterates the need to find solutions for the camp's residents, and is appealing to countries to act urgently on 1,400 cases from Camp Hurriya that have already been submitted for relocation.

Since 2011, UNHCR, together with the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) has been engaged in an effort to find relocation opportunities outside Iraq for some 3,200 residents of the Camp.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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