Members of the European Parliament have called upon the European Union and its member states to act to expel the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from Iraq.The Quds Force of the IRGC “regularly plans and executes terrorist plots against the civilian population,” according to the statement from Strasburg.
In addition, the MEPs, in their strongly worded statement, called for countries to condemn Monday’s missile bombardment of Camp Liberty and to press for an independent inquiry into the attack. This attack, they said, is “clearly a crime against humanity as it is part of a systematic attack directed against a civilian population.”
The Friends of a Free Iran group in the European Parliament, which enjoys the support of several hundred MEPs, called the barrage of 50 missiles, fired at unarmed members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK), a “terrorist attack against Iranian opposition refugees.”
The attack which began at about 20:30, local time, on 4 July, injured more than 40 and set large parts of the camp on fire.
Camp Liberty, near Baghdad airport, has endured five such assaults. The MEPs said the camp “has been systematically attacked by militias affiliated with the fundamentalist regime in Tehran.” In October last year, the statement continued, “a similar attack took the lives of 24 residents and left many more wounded.”
This assault began at the close of the eighth day of a blockade of the camp which has seen Iraqi forces preventing food, medicine, hygiene products and fuel from entering the camp. This siege by the Iraqi state has to be seen in the context of both temperatures of 50oC and fasting in the holy month of Ramadan.
The MEPs statement continued: “We call on the European Union High Representative and the member states to immediately condemn this brutal act against these defenceless refugees.”