More than 40 people were injured after Camp Liberty in Iraq was bombarded with missiles, following an eight-day blockade that prevented food and medicine from reaching the camp.
The former US military base nearBaghdad is home to members of the People's Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI/MEK), leftists who were exiled from Iran after the Islamic revolution in 1979. It has been targeted by forces loyal to Tehran several times in recent years
The National Council of Resistance of Iran blamed militias affiliated with the IRGC Quds Force, a special unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, for the missile bombardment and called on the UN Security Council and the European Union to condemn the attack.
Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the NCRI hailed the heroic perseverance of the residents of Camp Liberty and wished a quick recovery for those wounded in the criminal attack.
She added that the attack demonstrated that the religious dictatorship ruling Iran is terrified of the PMOI/MEK and the Iranian Resistance, which it views as an existential threat.
Since the camp's current residents have been there – after they were forced to move there from Camp Ashraf in 2012 – there have been several fatal attacks, in addition to the massacre carried out at camp Ashraf in 2011 that left 36 dead and hundreds wounded.
In 2013, three separate attacks against Camp Liberty left 12 dead and more than 170 wounded, while in 2015 another 20 residents of the camp were killed in a rocket attack.
The NCRI has also long complained that the standards at the camp are poor, and that it has been designated a temporary transit location rather than a refugee camp in order to avoid having to meet the minimum standards for refugee camps.