Lebanese council demands lifting of siege on Ashraf

The Arabic-Islamic Council in Lebanon has condemned the inhumane siege laid against Camp Ashraf, Iraq, by the Baghdad government and called for an end to it.

Camp Ashraf is home to about 3,400 members of the main opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

According to Malaf news agency on August 19, the council made the announcement during its session which was attended by its secretary general Seyyed Mohammad-Ali al-Hosseini.

The Malaf news agency said, “The Arab-Islamic Council in Lebanon also denounced [Iraqi Prime Minister] Nouri al-Maliki’s decision to ban visits by international human rights activists to Ashraf in order to become aware of the situation of the camp’s residents.”

The council added, “Ashraf is an inspiration for the popular protests in Iran.”

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