The European Parliament group, Friends of a Free Iran, which enjoys the support of several hundred MEPs, strongly condemned “the terrorist attack against Iranian opposition refugees.”
At about 20:30, local time, on 4 July, more than 50 missiles were fired at Camp Liberty, near Baghdad International Airport, the home of unarmed members of the main Iranian opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK).
The fifth assault in four years, the attack left more than 50 people injured and large parts of the camp consumed by fire.
The MEPs stated that, “Camp Liberty has been systematically attacked by militias affiliated with the fundamentalist regime in Tehran. In October last year, a similar attack took the lives of 24 residents and left many more wounded.”
In addition, the missile bombardment came more than a week into a siege of the camp which has seen Iraqi forces preventing food, medicine, hygiene products and fuel from entering the camp. This blockade by the Iraqi state has to be seen in the context of both temperatures of 50oC and fasting in the holy month of Ramadan.
The MEPs’ statement continued: “We call on the European Union High Representative and the member states to immediately condemn this brutal act against these defenceless refugees. This is clearly a crime against humanity as it is part of a systematic attack directed against a civilian population.”
After calling for an inquiry into the bombardment, the MEPs demanded the ejection of the Quds Force from Iraq. The Quds Force of the IRGC “regularly plans and executes terrorist plots against the civilian population,” the statement from Strasburg ended.