Iraq parliament speaker demands inquiry into deadly Qaim air strikes

December 8, 2016 11:24


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BAGHDAD - Iraq's parliament speaker called on Thursday for a government inquiry into air strikes on a western border town which killed around 60 people, mostly civilians.

Hospital sources and local parliamentarians said three air strikes killed dozens of civilians, including 12 women and 19 children on Wednesday in a market district of the ISIS-held town of Qaim, close to the border with Syria.

A spokesperson for the US-led coalition supporting Iraqi troops in their fight against ISIS said it had not carried out air strikes around Qaim at that time. Islamic State's news agency, Amaq, blamed Iraq's air force.

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