Four hundred members of the People’s Mujahideen Organisation of Iran have left Camp Ashraf. The group which has been blamed for attacks on Iran’s cleric rulers took refuge at the camp in Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war of 1980 – 1988.
They were searched as they left. The move was described as, “insulting” in a statement from the group. This is the first stage of an evacuation approved between the UN and Iraq.
“The two parties have agreed upon a way to end the presence of those people on Iraqi land through moving them to Camp Liberty and, in the end, to allow them to leave Iraq either by deporting them to other countries or returning them to the Islamic Republic of Iran for those who want to,” explained
Faleh al Fayadh, Iraqi National Security adviser.
Camp Liberty is a former U.S. military base in Baghdad. The political wing of the organisation the NCRI likens the new site to a prison and claims people’s freedom will be restricted. The UN says the site meets humanitarian standards for, “refugee situations”.
Despite being officially considered a terrorist organisation in the US, Hilary Clinton has reportedly given assurances as to their safety.