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Provide relief for families affected by Sadr City bombing

Graphic: Dr. Ali al-Bayati, member of the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights

The Commission has expressed concern for many families, especially the women and children, left without shelter after the destruction of their homes.

Dr. Ali al-Bayati, a member of Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights, has called on the government to provide urgent relief to families whose houses were destroyed by the detonation of a cache of weapons in Sadr City, Baghdad.

The families should also be compensated for their loss, Dr. Ali al-Bayati said.

At least 18 people were killed and more than 90 wounded in the explosion on 7 June.

An Interior Ministry spokesman told media outlets that security forces had opened an investigation into the cause of the explosion.

Al-Bayati said that "while we appreciate government's efforts to form a committee to investigate the causes of the bombing and search for those involved in the incident, we also call on them to pay attention to the fate of dozens of victims whose homes were destroyed".

He said that many families remained without shelter following the destruction of their homes,

Al-Bayati called on the government to "take urgent measures to provide relief to these families, find a suitable shelter for them, provide them with the necessary needs and form a committee to compensate these families after conducting a field survey of the destroyed houses and assessing the level of damage".

"Compensation of those affected by terrorist operations, natural disasters and emergency incidents is the responsibility of the state," he said.

Date: 13 June 2018

Source: Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights

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  1. Dr. Ali al-Bayati, member of the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights - IHCHR