Mortars Strikes Continue in Baghdad; 32 Killed in Iraq

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, revealed that there is considerable war crimes evidence against the Shi’ite militia, Kata’ib Hezbollah. The group headquartered itself in Saqlawiya and undertook unwarranted interrogations of displaced people during the operations in Saqlawiya, Fallujah, and other nearby areas. Hundreds of men are still missing. Dozens are believed to have been executed or tortured to death. The commissioner also warned that this probable massacre and the bombing in Karrada may re-ignite sectarian bloodshed.

Interior Minister Mohammed Ghabban resigned from his post on Tuesday, following the security breach that allowed for the massive bombing and fire in Baghdad over the weekend. The number of fatalities in that attack continues to rise and now stands at 250 dead. It is believed the bomber may have come from Diyala province. Separately, several security officials in charge of the Karrada area were detained.

Rockets were fired at Baghdad International Airport and Camp Liberty again on Tuesday. No casualties were reported.

At least 32 were killed and 15 were wounded:

In Baghdad, mortars fell on a displaced persons camp in Saidiya, killing three and wounding 12 more. Two soldiers were killed and three were wounded in a suicide bombing in Sabaa al-Bour. A suicide bomber was killed in Shoala.

Airstrikes on a sharia court in Bakher left nine detainees and eight militants dead, including the sharia judge.

Seven militants were killed in clashes at the Makhmour front.

In Baquba, security forces killed a suicide bomber.

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Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has
been covering Iraqi casualties for Antiwar.com since 2006.