Probe into massacre of Iraqi civilians in Diyala under way

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Nicholay Mladenov. UN Photo/Yubi Hoffmann

Iraqi authorities have announced their decision to conduct a full probe into the massacre of civilians in Diyala province, according to the UN.

The people of the village of Barwanah were allegedly killed by armed groups.

The UN Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) has welcomed the news.

Jocelyne Sambira has the story.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the Special Envoy to Iraq Nicholay Mladenov said it was the Government's responsibility to ensure the protection of civilians in all areas of the country.

Iraqi security forces and volunteers have recently launched military offensives to retake control of Diyala province from Islamist militants known as ISIL.

Eliana Nabaa is the UNAMI Spokesperson.

"All armed forces including the groups, militias or volunteers that collaborate with the Iraqi army have to respect the rule of law and protect civilians in areas that are being retaken by the ISIL terrorists."

Ms Nabaa called for an impartial, neutral and transparent investigation into the massacres.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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