Fallujah mortar attack leaves 20 dead

Published January 2nd, 2015 - 01:00 GMT
Thirty others were injured by shelling in Fallujah, according to an Iraqi official. (AFP/File)
Thirty others were injured by shelling in Fallujah, according to an Iraqi official. (AFP/File)

A mortar attack in the western Iraq city of Fallujah has taken the lives of at least 20 civilians, including three children and a woman.

"The Fallujah General Hospital today received 20 bodies of residents in the city, among them three children and a woman," said an unnamed hospital official on Friday.

Thirty others were wounded by shelling in Fallujah, a key city of al-Anbar Province, according to the official.

Fallujah, around 60 kilometers west of the capital Baghdad, has in recent months been the scene of heavy fighting between government troops and militants with the ISIL group.

ISIL terrorists control some parts of Syria and Iraq. They are engaged in crimes against humanity in the areas under their control. ISIL militants have terrorized and killed people of all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians

Government figures showed on Thursday that violence in Iraq killed more than 15,000 civilians and security personnel in 2014.

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