Iraq Army to halt shelling of civilian areas

Updated - November 16, 2021 05:48 pm IST

Published - September 13, 2014 05:51 pm IST - Cairo

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Saturday he had ordered government forces to halt shelling of residential areas controlled by the Islamic State extremist group to protect civilians.

“Two days ago, I gave my orders to stop bombardment of all towns inhabited by civilians even if they have Daesh,” Mr. al-Abadi said, using an Arabic acronym for the Sunni group.

“We don’t want to see more innocent victims,” he told a conference in Baghdad, according to Alsumaria News .

His remarks came after reports that many civilians have been killed and wounded in government attacks on areas held by Islamic State.

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