Iraqi forces raid Palestinian compound in Baghdad

March 14, 2007 22:26


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Iraqi security forces raided a Palestinian compound in Baghdad on Wednesday after an attack on a police patrol, detaining at least 15 people after a gun battle that left one Palestinian dead, officials said. Palestinian charge d'affaires Dalil al-Qusous said as many as 80 Palestinian refugees had been detained and demanded their release. He also claimed the Iraqi troops fired randomly during the raid, causing "fear and awe." An Iraqi Interior Ministry official said the raid was targeting the source of gunfire after a shooting attack against a police patrol was staged from the heavily barricaded compound. He said only 15 Palestinians had been detained. Al-Qusous accused the Iraqi government of supporting violence against the mostly Sunni Palestinians, who were a favored group of people here during Saddam Hussein's rule.

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