Aug 16 2013
By Abbas al-Baghdadi
Azzaman, August 16, 2013
The Province of Diyala is descending into violence once again raising fears of a return to civil war in the country.
The Ministry of Human Rights says it has seen a surge in the numbers of displaced people in the province, a reminder of the years in which thousands of Iraqis were killed each month on sectarian grounds.
“There is a movement of internally displaced people (in Diyala),” said the ministry’s spokesperson Kamel Ameen.
Ameen said the ministry had no exact figures of Iraqis forced to flee their homes in the province, but provincial officials refusing to be named said hundreds of families have been on the move recently.
“Security organs are called upon to put an end to forced displacement of people and shoulder their responsibility and protect their properties,” Ameen said.
The Human Rights Commission at the Iraqi parliament blamed militias for the upsurge in violence in Diyala, a mixed province of sects and ethnicities.
Deputy Zuhai al-Aaraji blamed what he described as “foreign powers with an agenda” whose aim was to plunge the country once again into civil war.
“There are militia groups with sectarian agendas bent to take the country back to square number one of sectarian war,” Aaraji said.
Last month more than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in violence across the country, the highest death toll since 2008.
Deadly bombings occurred in Baaquba, the capital of Diyala Province.
Most of the latest violence is blamed on al-Qaeda which for long had taken the provinces of Diyala and Anbar as its main bastions.
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