Baghdad, Jan 25 IANS | 1 year ago

At least nine people were killed and 22 injured in shelling in Fallujah and Ramadi cities in Iraq, police said Saturday.

Several neighbourhoods in Fallujah city were pounded by artillery fire Friday night and Saturday morning. A hospital in the city received eight bodies and 16 injured people, including women and children, a source from the city hospital told Xinhua.

Meanwhile, a civilian was killed and six others were injured in artillery and mortar shelling on several neighbourhoods in Ramadi, 110 km from Baghdad, a provincial police source said.

The violence in Anbar province happened as the UN refugee agency Friday said that more than 65,000 people fled the conflict in Fallujah and Ramadi cities in the province over the past week.

Anbar province has been the scene of fierce clashes that flared up after Iraqi police dismantled an anti-government protest site outside Ramadi in December 2013.

The Sunnis have been carrying out a year-long protest, accusing the Shia-led government of marginalising them and its Shia-dominated security forces of indiscriminately arresting, torturing and killing their people.

(Posted on 25-01-2014)

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