Military Denies Bombing Fallujah Hospital; 18 Killed in Iraq

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Military Denies Bombing Fallujah Hospital; 18 Killed in Iraq

Military forces denied
targeting the hospital in Falluja with artillery strikes; however, the
hospital was a favorite
target
for troops during the early stages of the Islamic State occupation of the
city.

Sunni
tribal fighters
will be among the security forces that enter Falluja
for the final battles, while Shi’ite forces are expected
to remain on the outskirts of town. About 10,000 tribal fighters are already participating.

Although it has been difficult
for Iraqis to flee Fallujah, it may be easier for them to escape the
larger Mosul area. About 50,000 are expected
to try to make it to Syria. Several hundred refugees have already made the
journey.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani reiterated
his pleas that security personnel take great care to not harm residents of Falluja.

At least 18 people were killed and 10 were wounded:

In Baghdad, security forces fired shots and tear gas
to disperse
protestors
who had gathered at Tahrir Square. The government redeployed troops
from Fallujah to Baghdad to handle the crowds. A bomb in Rashidiya wounded
one person
.

A bomb killed
two people and wounded eight more
in Madaen.

A roadside bomb in Imam Weis wounded
a militiaman
.

An airstrike on Qaim killed
10 militant leaders
.

Two
militant officials and four aides
were among the tens of militants killed
in an airstrike in Mosul.

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