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Iraq: Halt All Attacks on Civilians

Human Rights Groups Working in Middle East Call on All Parties to Observe Laws of War

All parties in Iraq and elsewhere in conflicts in the Middle East should put an end to attacks that target or indiscriminately harm civilians, Human Rights Watch and a dozen other groups that work in the Middle East said today in a statement.

The groups issued the statement following coordinated truck bombings in Baghdad on August 19, 2009, that killed at least 95 civilians and wounded about 600 others, and two truck bombings in northern Iraq and a series of bomb attacks in Baghdad on August 10 that left at least 48 civilians dead and about 250 wounded.

"Civil society leaders and activists in each and every country and community should be speaking out against attacks targeting civilians," said Abderrahim Sabir, Civilian Protection Project Leader in the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch.

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