Despite Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi‘s promise yesterday, that civilian locations would no longer suffer airstrikes, Falluja hospital has been bombed again. Still, he won an endorsement today from former P.M. Ayad al-Allawi. At least 42 people were killed and another 29 were wounded today.
Although only one staff member was seriously wounded during an airstrike on Falluja Hospital, it is but one in a long string of bombings perpetrated by the Iraqi military on the civilian hospital. As far back as May, before the Islamic State moved in to northern Iraq, Human Rights Watch had accused the military of purposefully bombing the hospital repeatedly. Many residents fear airstrikes and artillery fire more than they do the militants. The army denied the bombing.
In al-Jumasah, eight related men were executed for plotting against the Islamic State. On Friday, the militants executed a police officer for working with Iraqi and Kurdish security forces. Afterwards, a small group fired upon the home of a militant official. The next morning, militants rounded up several suspects. They executed seven who, except for one man, were related to the police officer.
An engineer was executed in Zab.
Militants released a prominent sheikh who was kidnapped three days ago in Saddam village of Rashad.
Seventeen militants were killed and 20 were wounded during airstrikes in Makhmour.
In Jurf al-Sakhar, three snipers were killed.
U.S. airstrikes killed two militants near the Mosul Dam.
Two militants were killed by Peshmerga forces as they tried to cross Lake Hamrin.
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