56 Iraqis killed by US bombardment of al-Qaem, near Syrian border
Iraq-Syria, Military, 8/31/2005
The Muslim Scholars Commission in Iraq on Tuesday deplored the American air bombardment which targeted al-Qaem, on the Syrian borders with Iraq, on Tuesday at dawn that resulted in killing scores of Iraqis including children.
In a statement, the commission appealed to the conscience of the world to work to halt "the aggression of the occupation forces against al-Qaem."
The American army said that its warplanes bombarded on Tuesday morning what it described as suspected shelters for al-Qaida organization near the Syrian borders. It explained in a statement that its fighters directed three blows to houses inhabited by what it described as terrorists.
The American army indicated that the American fighters dropped bombs at shelters in al-Karadelah area near al-Qaem city, expressing conviction that the bombardment also resulted in killing a prominent leader for the gunmen called Abi Islam and many of his supporters.
Iraqi security and medical sources said that more than 56 Iraqis including children were killed in an American air bombardment targeting houses near al-Qaem. The sources indicated that three families living in one house in al-Sanjak area were killed in the bombardment, while others were killed in a bombardment for a second house in al-Salman village.
The American fighters also bombarded a clinic in the adjoining al-Karabelh city, and this resulted in killing and injuring many including a medical team.
In other field developments, seven Iraqis were killed including one police officer and two security men in separate attacks in Baghdad and in its north on Tuesday. Other 35 persons were killed in clashes that took place on Tuesday at dawn in al-Karabelah between two Iraqi tribes. One of them supports the government while the other is accused of sheltering gunmen.
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