Heavy Missile Barrage of Camp Liberty In Iraq: 23 Defenceless PMOI Killed


Camp Liberty in flames after rocket attack.
Camp Liberty in flames after rocket attack.

At 7:40 pm local time, Camp Liberty, that houses Iranian opposition members in Iraq, supposedly under the protection of the United Nations, came under the most severe attack and very heavy missile barrage.

Camp Liberty is home to more than 2200 members of the Iranian opposition group, PMOI. They are considered refugees and Persons of Concern by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The heavy missile attack took place on Thursday, October 29, 2015, at 7:40 pm local time.

All electricity and communications were cut off.

Initial reports said there was much damage and fire, but due to the darkness of night there was no initial confirmation of the number of those killed or injured.

A second report said a large number of trailers caught fire and the defenceless PMOI members were using any means possible to them to extinguish the flames.

The names of 10 PMOI martyrs that were confirmed at the time were Sohrab Homayounfar, Behzad Mirshahi, Hossein Adavi, Rajab Ghorbani, Reza Vadian, Sharif Veysi, Hossein Sarvazad, Ahmad Meschian, Jasem Qaseer, Nayereh Rabiee.

Working to save lives after heavy rocket attack on unarmed Camp Liberty residents.
Working to save lives after heavy rocket attack on unarmed Camp Liberty residents.

A third report received from Camp Liberty said more than 80 missiles of all types hit the camp.

Craters as deep as 2 meters and 3.5 meters wide have been created in some impact areas.

The intensity of the explosions were to the extent that many housing units and their protective T-walls were destroyed or fell down.

A fourth report said among the missiles fired on Camp Liberty tonight were 122 mm Katyusha missiles, as well as missiles that the Iranian regime has produced similar to NB24 Russian missiles that it dubbed Falaq.

Fires and devastation in Camp Liberty after rocket attack.
Fires and devastation in Camp Liberty after rocket attack.

The names of four other martyrs of the missile attack on Camp Liberty are the PMOI members: Messrs. Abutaleb Hashemi, Hamid Dehqan, Kiomarse Yousefi and Hossein Gandomei. It was reported that two others were killed, but they were yet to be identified at that time.

Later, a fifth report, said PMOI member Hossein Abrishamchi, one of the most prominent commanders of the National Liberation Army and official of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, is among the martyrs of the attack on Camp Liberty.

Twenty-two of the injured were transferred to hospital in Baghdad.

Camp Liberty resident killed in rocket attack.
Camp Liberty resident killed in rocket attack.

Until this hour, two of the injured, PMOI members Akbar Alidoust and Hassan Tofiq-ju, lost their lives in the hospital due to the severity of their wounds.

PMOI member Hamidreza Eimeni is another martyr of tonight’s attack on Camp Liberty.

In Paris, Maryam Rajavi strongly condemned the heavy missile attack on Camp Liberty and declared: “The government of Iraq and the United Nations who signed a Memorandum of Understanding and built a Temporary Transit Location (TTL) since 2011, are formally and legally accountable for this attack. In our view, however, as was the case in the six previous bloodbaths in Ashraf and Liberty, the Iranian regime’s agents in the government of Iraq are responsible for this attack and the United States and the United Nations are well aware of this fact.”

Maryam Rajavi noted that her organization had already warned the UN, the US, Iraq the EU and the world, that this would happen. She said, “We had already warned about such an attack. Recently, too, 26 members of the US House of Representatives and 32 prominent political and military American personalities as well as 70 members of the French National Assembly warned the US, UN and the EU on their responsibility in this regard.”

Camp Liberty on fire.
Camp Liberty on fire.

A sixth report from the camp said PMOI (MEK) member Javad Salari, who was earlier injured in the missile attack on Camp Liberty, lost his life in a hospital in Baghdad. He was the 23rd martyr from today’s attack on Camp Liberty.

In December 2013, Mahin Saremi reported Missiles Hit Dissidents In Camp Liberty.

In January 2015, NewsBlaze reported Iranian Reconnaissance In Preparation For Another Attack On Camp Liberty.

In London, Anglo-Iranians, relatives of Camp Liberty residents and supporters of the Iranian opposition group, NCRI, held a rally outside Number 10 Downing Street today before noon. They protested the vicious terrorist attack on Camp Liberty.

There have been six previous deadly attacks on this unarmed group in camps Ashraf and Liberty. The Iranian opposition says the Iranian regime and its agents in the government of Iraq are responsible for the attack.

Participants at the rally outside 10 Downing Street urged the UK government to condemn the attack in the strongest terms, and asked that urgent action be taken to guarantee security for the camp’s residents. They also demanded an independent investigation into the unprovoked attack on Camp Liberty, in order to find the perpetrators and hold them accountable for their crimes.

Two of the known speakers at the rally were Dr Tahar Boumedra, the former UN Human Rights chief in Iraq and Dr Mohammad al-Sheikhli, Director of the centre for National Justice Studies in London.

UPDATE: On Sunday, November 1, a ceremony will be held in Paris in memory of the 23 Camp Liberty residents who lost their lives in this rocket attack by the terrorists of the mullahs’ regime on October 29. French and international dignitaries will participate. The ceremony will be streamed live in English on ncr-iran.org beginning at 15.15 local time in Europe (9.15 am in Washington).

Photos of 20 of Those Killed In This Missile Attack

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Shahriar Kia is a political analyst and human rights activist who is a member of Iranian opposition, PMOI. He graduated from Texas State University, USA. Connect with him on Twitter.