Lagun-Luc Bouchet and Loïc Le Moigne
France TV3, May 10 – The European Parliament is concerned about the fate of thousands of Iranian refugees at Camp Ashraf. The images released today show what the Iraqi army is responsible for. This is the focus of tonight’s news.
The images you will see now, look like a massacre. Revealing the fate of the 3000 Iranian refugees in Iraq who live in the city of Ashraf is shocking. This is the focus of tonight’s news. Reported by Lagun-Luc Bouchet and Loïc Le Moigne.
He takes his time. This Iraqi soldier aims and shoots at unarmed civilians.
This April 8th, the 5th and 9th Divisions of the Iraqi army committed a massacre. Their victims are residents of Camp Ashraf, 3400 Iranian dissidents who oppose Tehran. In 2003, with the outbreak of the war against Saddam Hussein, the Americans had gathered them in the camp, 65 km northeast of Baghdad. In 2009, the Americans transfered the responsibility for their protection to the Iraqi government, the very government who ordered its army to slaughter them. The toll: 35 dead and over 300 wounded.
General James Jones, former National Security Adviser to President Obama:
Frankly, I am very disappointed in what I would have liked to think that we had established a government that would behave a little more normally, the standards of other governments in the developed world.
Patrick J. Kennedy, a member of Congress:
America is in a difficult situation. Because even if we liberated Iraq, Iraq is now largely controlled by Iran.
At Port-Marly, near Paris, exiled Iranians are mobilizing to prevent another bloodbath in Ashraf. The president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran Maryam Rajavi, pays tribute to the 35 victims and calls on all people of goodwill to ensure that Iraq no longer carries out the heinous work demanded by Tehran. At her sides are high ranking U.S. officials and personalities like Elie Wiesel, a survivor of Nazi concentration camps, or Ingrid Betancourt.
Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate: It’s amazing! There are tragedies in the world and we do not know about them. I do not know why. Now we’re there to listen, listen to the victims and those who are the victims’ relatives, and friends of victims. We must listen.
Maryam Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran: Western countries and especially the UN and the EU must prevent another massacre, another attack because it is a gross violation of human rights and is a crime against humanity.
The international community has strongly condemned the deadly attack against Ashraf, a notable exception of France, who said nothing.