Iraqi air force kills 25 women, children in barrel bomb attack
Dozens of civilians were killed by the Iraqi army in the city of Fallujah. (AFP/File)
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At least 25 civilians, all women and children, were killed in a barrel bomb attack carried out by the Iraqi air force on Fallujah, medical sources said.
The barrel bombs reportedly fell on a maternity and children’s hospital, leaving at least 30 others injured, including staff, women and children.
“Iraqi army planes dropped three barrel bombs on Fallujah Women’s and Children’s Hospital,” Mazen Al-Delaimy, a resident doctor at Fallujah General Hospital, said. “The attack left the hospital completely destroyed.”
Anbar province’s council blamed the Iraqi Defense Ministry for the attack, saying that the army’s attack “with lack of precision has claimed innocent civilians.”
Fallujah, which is about 50 kilometers west of Baghdad, has been under the control of Daesh since 2014.
Iraq has been gripped by a security vacuum since June 2014 when Daesh stormed the northern city of Mosul and declared a self-styled caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria.