World Bulletin / News Desk
Two Iraqis were killed and six others were injured in the Iraqi army's shelling of residential areas in Ramadi, the capital of the western province of Anbar, sources said.
"Several mortar and artillery shells fired late Saturday by Iraqi army troops stationed in the vicinity of Ramadi on residential neighborhoods killed two civilians and wounded six others," a tribal leader told Anadolu Agency.
He accused the army of indiscriminately shelling residential areas, noting that all the victims are civilians, including women and children.
An Iraqi army spokesman was not immediately available for comment on the report.
The Iraqi government says its military operations in the area target militants of Al-Qaeda-allied Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL).
Local Sunni tribes, which deny any links to the militant group, have voiced anger over continued civilian causalities.
Meanwhile, the head of Anbar's provincial council, Sabah Karhout, has declared Fallujah, the second main city of the province, a "disaster zone."
"We declare Fallujah a disaster zone after more than 250,000 families had fled because of the province," Karhout said in a statement, a copy of which was mailed to AA.
He held the central government in Baghdad responsible for the death and the injury of scores of Anbar residents because of what he described as the army's "indiscriminate" shelling of residential areas.
At least 12 civilians were injured Sunday in the latest army shelling of residential areas in Fallujah, according to a medical source.
"We have received 12 injured victims, including children and women, who sustained injuries as a result of the army's shelling of their homes," Dr. Abdel-Sattar Lawas, the director of Fallujah General Hospital, told AA.
He said most of the injured were in critical conditions.Last Mod: 26 Ocak 2014, 12:38