Iraq violence: Barrel bombs kill Anbar civilians

Iraq violence: Barrel bombs kill Anbar civilians
Several civilians have been killed in Anbar after the government dropped barrel bombs on cities in the province.
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05 November, 2014
The Iraqi air force reportedly bombed Fallujah [AFP]

The Iraqi air force dropped barrel bombs on the cities of Fallujah and Karma in Anbar province on Tuesday night, a local official has claimed.

The attacks killed several civilians - including women and children - and destroyed several houses, he added.

Iraqi military planes also bombed the al-Qaim supermarket in western Anbar, killing ten civilians and injuring 30 others, a governorate official told al-Araby al-Jadeed.

The provincial Council of the Anbar Clans (CAC) condemned the bombings. 

The operations were "unjustified", said Najm Aleleyawi, a member of the CAC. He warned that the attacks would likely damage relations between the local population and the Iraqi army.

He urged the army to direct its attacks against the Islamic State group (IS, formerly known as ISIS) and not civilians, and called on the Iraqi prime minister to hold those responsible to account.

The Islamic State group is carrying out mass executions of tribal clans in Anbar.

This article is an edited translation from our Arabic edition.