Terrorist Attack on Camp Hurriya in Iraq
Press Statement
Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 26, 2013
The United States condemns in the strongest terms today’s rocket attack at Camp Hurriya that has reportedly killed and injured camp residents and also injured Iraqi police officers. Our condolences go out to the families of the victims and we hope for the swift recovery of those injured.

From the moment we learned about this attack, we have been in communication with the United Nations Assistant Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) and senior Iraqi officials to ensure swift and immediate treatment to the wounded. We thank both UNAMI and the Government of Iraq (GOI) for rapidly responding, including by providing ambulances and treatment to those seriously injured.

We continue to call on the GOI to take additional measures to secure the camp against further violence, including by immediately installing additional protective barriers, such as bunkers and t-walls. We also call on the GOI to continue to honor its obligations under its December 25, 2011 agreement with the UN and urge the Iraqi Government to find the perpetrators and hold them accountable for the attack.

The United States is committed to assisting the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the relocation of all Camp Hurriya residents to a permanent and safe location outside of Iraq. We call on more countries to assist in responding to this urgent humanitarian situation by welcoming camp residents for relocation, as Albania has admirably done over this past year, and by contributing to the fund established by the United Nations to support their resettlement. The Department, through its Senior Advisor for MEK Resettlement, Jonathan Winer, will remain actively engaged in the international effort to relocate the residents of Camp Hurriya to safe, permanent, and secure locations outside of Iraq as soon as possible.


Breach Camp Hurriya: unreservedly condemns

Rome December 27, 2013

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs unreservedly condemns the bloody terrorist attack yesterday that hit the residents of Camp Hurriya (Camp Liberty) and the staff of the Iraqi police and expresses his closeness to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured.

“This tragic event confirmation” – said the Minister of Foreign Affairs Emma Bonino – “the need for the European Union and the United Nations multiply their efforts to assist the government in Baghdad to resolve the refugee situation in Camp Liberty, safeguarding security and promoting acceptance in third countries. “

Attentato Camp Hurriya: condanna senza riserve 

Roma 27 December 2013

Il Ministero Affari Esteri condanna senza riserve la sanguinosa azione terroristica di ieri che ha colpito i residenti di Camp Hurriya (Camp Liberty) e il personale della Polizia irachena ed esprime la sua vicinanza ai familiari delle vittime e un augurio di pronta guarigione ai feriti.

“Questo tragico evento conferma” – ha dichiarato la Ministro degli Esteri Emma Bonino – “l’esigenza che l’Unione Europea e le Nazioni Unite moltiplichino i loro sforzi per aiutare il Governo di Baghdad a risolvere la situazione dei rifugiati di Camp Liberty, salvaguardandone la sicurezza e favorendone l’accoglienza presso Paesi terzi”.

UNHCR shocked by another attack on Camp Liberty in Iraq, renews calls for safety and immediate relocation of residents

Press Releases, 27 December 2013 by UNHCR

The UN refugee agency strongly condemns last 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.

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

UNHCR 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. We are also urging the government to launch a full scale independent investigation into all the incidents.

UNHCR 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 UNAMI, has been engaged in an effort to find relocation opportunities outside Iraq for some 3,200 residents of the Camp. So far, the international community has managed to secure the relocation to third countries of 311 residents, clearly demonstrating that more relocation places are urgently needed.

Germany condemns attack on Camp Liberty and call on Iraqi government to contribute to full clarification of incident in close cooperation with UNAMI



Bundesregierung verurteilt Angriff auf Camp Liberty / Irak



Nach Informationen der VN-Unterstützungsmission für Irak (UNAMI) wurden am Abend des 26.12.2013 zahlreiche Geschosse auf das Gelände des internationalen Flughafens von Bagdad abgefeuert. Dabei schlugen mehrere Raketen und Granaten im nahe gelegenen Camp Liberty ein, wo sich ca. 3.000 Mitglieder der iranischen Oppositionsgruppierung Volksmudjahedin aufhalten. Nach bisher unbestätigten Meldungen sollen bei dem Angriff bis zu drei Bewohner von Camp Liberty getötet und weitere verletzt worden sein.

Ein Sprecher des AA erklärte heute zu diesen Ereignissen:


Die Bundesregierung verurteilt die neuerlichen Angriffe auf das Gelände des Internationalen Flughafens Bagdad, bei denen mehrere Menschen im nahe gelegenen Camp Liberty getötet worden sind. Die Bundesregierung bedauert den tragischen Verlust von Menschenleben und spricht den Hinterbliebenen ihr Beileid aus.

Wir appellieren an die irakische Regierung, zur vollständigen Aufklärung der Hintergründe der Geschehnisse beizutragen und dabei eng mit UNAMI zusammenzuarbeiten. Die Leitung von Camp Liberty sollte ebenfalls konstruktiv bei der Aufarbeitung der Vorfälle mitwirken. Die Bundesregierung ruft die irakische Regierung auf, ihrer Verantwortung zum Schutz der Bewohner von Camp Liberty gerecht zu werden.

France condemns attacks to refugee camp Liberty in Iraq


Iraq – Rocket against refugee camps (Q & A-Excerpt from press briefing – December 27, 2013)

Q: rocket attacks against Camp Liberty Mojahedin of Iranian people three people were killed and fifty wounded Thursday night near Baghdad airport. A reaction?

R: France condemns attacks occurred around the Baghdad airport on December 26 . It calls on the Iraqi government to take the necessary measures to ensure the safety of Camp Hurriya as well as that of Ashraf.

We reiterate our full support for the High Commission for Refugees and the mission of the United Nations Assistance for Iraq (UNAMI ) in their efforts to implement a peaceful and lasting solution to the situation of refugee camps in Iraq .

Irak – Tirs de roquettes contre les camps de réfugiés (Q&R- Extrait du point de presse – 27 décembre 2013)

Q : Des tirs de roquettes contre le camp Liberty des Moujahidine du peuple iraniens ont fait trois morts et une cinquantaine de blessés jeudi soir près de l’aéroport de Bagdad. Une réaction ?

R : La France condamne les attaques survenues aux alentours de l’aéroport de Bagdad le 26 décembre. Elle appelle le gouvernement irakien à prendre les mesures nécessaires pour assurer la sécurité du camp de Hurriya ainsi que de celui d’Achraf.

Nous réitérons notre plein appui au haut-commissariat pour les réfugiés et à la mission d’assistance des Nations unies pour l’Irak (MANUI) dans leurs efforts pour mettre en œuvre une solution pacifique et durable à la situation des camps de réfugiés en Irak.




The spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement today:

“The High Representative condemns in the strongest terms the rocket attack at Camp Hurriya on 26 December, which according to various reports claimed the lives of several camp residents, the third such attack in 2013. Her sincere condolences go out to the families of the victims and she extends her wishes for a speedy recovery to those who were injured in this attack.

The circumstances in which this brutal incident took place must be clarified and those found to be responsible must be held fully accountable. The High Representative calls on the Iraqi authorities to step up security measures around the Camp so that its residents are protected from any further violence and urges the Iraqi Government to find the perpetrators and hold them accountable for the attack.

The EU once more invites all parties to facilitate the work of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the relocation of all Camp Hurriya residents to a permanent and safe location outside of Iraq as soon as possible.”



December 27, 2013 – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Chris Alexander, Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, today issued the following statement:

“Canada condemns yesterday’s rocket attack on Camp Hurriya, near Baghdad, which killed and injured residents of the camp.

“Our thoughts go out to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in this deplorable violence. We wish a full recovery to the injured.

“The attack, the most recent in a series targeting Iraq-based camps housing Iranian exiles, is completely unacceptable. We call on the Government of Iraq to bring those responsible to justice.

“Canada will raise its concerns directly with Iraqi officials, urging the Government of Iraq to ensure the safety of residents.

“We appreciate the work of the UN Refugee Agency in its continued efforts to provide for the safety of camp residents and urge further cooperation with the Government of Iraq.”