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Anbar displacement camp attack cruel reminder of violence that threatens people of Iraq

In reaction to the attack west of Ramadi, Anbar, International Rescue Committee’s Iraq Country Director Wendy Taeuber said: “We are appalled and deeply saddened to hear of the reported loss of 14 lives in Kilo 60/ Al Wafaa camp. We strongly condemn this attack against those who hoped to find safety after being forced by ISIS to flee their homes.

“IRC teams who were in the area in the afternoon report that those killed include women, children and police officers. As many as 17 additional displaced people were injured in the incident and many of the victims had only arrived at the camp today.

“This attack is a cruel reminder of the violence that still threatens the lives of people across Iraq. After fleeing conflict and violence in search of protection, it is imperative that camps for displaced families remain secure and neutral places. We call on all parties to respect the civilian and humanitarian character of camps.”

Across the country over 3 million Iraqis remain displaced from their home including over 140,000 people in Anbar governorate. 750 people live in Kilo 60/ Al Wafaa camp and it is currently at full capacity. The IRC has been supporting people in Anbar with vital services included access to legal support, specialized services for women and children and cash relief to support families to meet their basic needs.

For further information on the IRC’s response in Iraq, visit here.

About the IRC

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 28 offices across the U.S. helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future, and strengthen their communities. Learn more at www.rescue.org and follow the IRC on Twitter & Facebook.