Mortars kill seven people in Falluja as fighting intensifies

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By Ali Latif

Azzaman, May 26, 2014

Mortar fire has hit a residential area in the town of Falluja, killing 7 people and injuring 20 others, a hospital source said.

Ahmad al-Shami said Falluja hospital received seven dead bodies and 20 injured people.

“They were killed and injured due to mortars that fell on their houses,” Shami, who has been speaking for the hospital in the past three months said.

Falluja was overtaken by members of the Iraq-based Jihadist group called ISIS nearly three months ago and government troops have so far failed to retake the town despite repeated assaults.

“The injuries of some of the wounded are critical,” Shami said.

Falluja is target of continued shelling, particularly by mortars from militants belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as well as Iraqi troops.

Mortars and other shelling is mostly indiscriminate and the lines between government troops and ISIS are blurred.

Last week, Shami said Falluja’s only hospital, which caters for more than 350,000 people, was running out of supplies.

He said only three doctors and six nurses have remained while the rest have fled the hospital, which itself has become target of mortars and other shelling.