An attack occurred at Al Salam camp (also known as Al-Takia camp) for displaced families, south of Baghdad on Wednesday.
Three mortar shells were fired into the camp, one falling in the centre of the camp and two others falling in a market area, injuring four children who have been taken to hospital for treatment.
This is the third such attack on the camp. One incident on July 5 killed four people, including two children.
UNHCR Representative in Iraq, Bruno Geddo (pictured), said:
“We are appalled to hear of this cowardly attack on a camp for displaced families, which has resulted in several children being injured.“We strongly condemn this attack – the third to occur in the past three months.
“Displaced Iraqis who arrived here had already fled conflict and violence. They regarded the camp as a place of safety, where they and their families could feel protected.
“We wish those injured a speedy recovery.
“We plan to meet with the camp authorities and the Iraqi security forces to discuss ways to secure the camp.”
UNHCR has been working in Al Salam, the largest IDP camp in Baghdad, with its partners (including ISHO, Muslim Aid, the Al Mortaqa Foundation and CAOFISR) to provide upgraded shelters for families who had fled from Salah al Din and Anbar governorates in 2014 and 2015, as well as opening a small bakery as a livelihood project, organizing clean up campaigns of the camp and other quick impact projects.
Since Eid, 480 families have left the camp to return to their former homes in Ramadi, leaving 720 families (4,320 individuals) still staying at the site.
Large-scale return to Ramadi may still be problematic due to the continuing presence of unexploded devices which will take some time to fully clear.
The latest attack occurred one day before another group of 50 families is due to return to Ramadi.