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الجمعة، 26 أبريل 2013

After Hawija 23 April: The Iraqi Revolution Continues!


Summary of the most important events on 23 April 2013, in the aftermath of the onslaught on Hawija by Maliki's Government Forces, leaving at least 50 people dead and hundreds wounded.

Samarra Protestors Mourn Hawija Deaths
Summary of the Most Important Events:
- The army forces raided the Ardor Square in Hawija in the early morning, and left 200 people killed and wounded.
- The attacks were carried out by members of Squad 12 and Al-Maliki S.W.A.T. forces in Hawija.
- According to a security source who refused to mention his name, there were 50 deaths, and more than 150 casualties at the hands of Al-Maliki gangs in the Hawija raid.
- One of the Kirkuk sheikhs was murdered: Sheikh Khalid Sabir, the head of Albujabir tribe.
- The government forces used helicopters and stun grenades in that raid.
- Eyewitnesses in the demonstrations assured that some members in the forces who raided the Square were not speaking Arabic, they were speaking Farsi.
- The public committees who organized the demonstrations in Al-Anbar called on everyone to participate in a demonstration at 10:00 in the morning, supporting the people of Hawija.
- Other eyewitnesses said that wounded demonstrators were slaughtered by the army forces with knives, and that those army forces were disguised in traditional Arab clothing.
- There were government airplanes bombing some areas in Hawija.
- The students in the College of Education in Kirkuk University participated in a demonstration against the crimes committed by the armed forces.
- There are reports stating that the armed forces will attack the other demonstrations in other governorates by force, similar to what happened in Hawija.
- Execution of six peaceful demonstrators by militias supported by the criminal government forces in the Al-Majassa Area, located between Al-Garma and Al-Taji areas. These activists are: Jabbar Abbas, Marwan Mijbas, Aziz Kurdi, Omar Kurdi, Nouri Kurdi, and Khalil Abood.
- People in the areas of Al-Qaim, Al-Ubaidi, Al-Karabela, and Al-Rummana in Al-Anbar were holding demonstrations to support the people in Hawija.
- The mosques in Fallujah, Tikrit, and Samarrah called on everyone to donate blood to their brothers in Hawija.
- The government forces surrounded Al-Agoula Village in Haweeja, after the tribes sent some wounded people to get medical treatment there.
- Hawija Hospital sent an emergency call to everyone for blood donations, telling all the medical staff to join the hospital immediately.
- A source from Hawija said that one of the victims was Khalid Fadel Al-Amash, who was one of the organizers of the demonstrations there.
- A helicopter from the government forces was destroyed in Al-Riyad Area, near Hawija.
- A crisis cell meeting headed by Sadoon Al-Dulaimi, the Minister of Defense was held a few hours before raiding Hawija Square.
- People in Fallujah call for a huge demonstration all over the city in case the army decides to attack Al-Amiriyah District, according to information they received.
- Muhammad Tameem, the Minister of Education resigned because of the onslaught in Hawija.
- The government forces threatened the media staff that they will be arrested if they come close to the demonstration area in Hawija.
- Squad 12 Commander was checking the names of the wounded in Hawija Hospital in order to arrest them.
- More government forces were going towards Hawija to support the forces there to attack the unarmed civilians.
- Many of the parliament members in Kirkuk said that the army that raided the Square in the early morning didn’t find any weaponry, and couldn’t submit any kind of evidence that the demonstrators were armed.
- The people of Diyala went to Kirkuk to support their brothers who got wounded in the raid, and to donate blood, but the security forces near Azadi Hospital prevented them from entering the hospital.
- The 4th Squad Forces surrounded Beiji District to raid the area.
- Sheikh Ali Hatem Sulaiman called the heads of the tribes to carry weapons, and told the army officers and the policemen who are not originally from Al-Anbar to leave Al-Anbar or stay in their barracks .
- The security forces closed all the entrances leading to Al-Adamiyah District, taking intensive security measures, and prevented the people to enter except the ones who had a residence card.
- The government forces declared through loudspeakers that they imposed a curfew on Beiji District. 
- The government forces surrounded Al-Rahma Mosque in Jalawla to prevent the heads of the tribes and the Imams of the mosques from issuing a statement regarding the incidents in Hawija.
- The army forces attacked the demonstrators with weapons in Ramadi .
- Tens of Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen came for blood donations to Hawija.
- Clashes between some demonstrators and government forces in Al-Fateh Square in Beiji.
- The government forces fired warning shots in Beiji Market to scare the civilians who gathered in protest against what happened in Hawija.
- Clashes between the people in Jalawla and the army after the army tried to prevent a gathering in protest against what happened in Hawija.
- There were bulldozers digging in the demonstrations area in Hawija, and the civilians were afraid that the government forces might put explosives in the corpses of the dead demonstrators.
- The Turkish Prime Minister Rajab Tayib Ardogan sent Turkish airplanes to take the wounded to Turkey for treatment.
- The government forces took the corpses of 30 dead and 70 wounded to the Brigade 47 Headquarter in Tal-el-Ward instead of sending them to their families.
- The people in Al-Deloueya Area demonstrated in Al-Ansar Mosque in protest against what happened in Hawija, and demanded a suitable punishment for the criminal security forces of Al-Maliki.
- The people in Hawija denounced in silence the Governorate Council, demanding a humane and ethical attitude towards the massacre in Hawija.
- Helicopters bombed Salman Beik Square, killed and wounded many demonstrators.
- The policemen in Salman Beik District submitted their weapons to the tribes, and joined the demonstrators after the attack of the army on the people there.
- The tribes surrounded an area belonging to the government army in Al-Khashamna Village in Douz in Hawieja, and get hold of three Hummer vehicles .
- The government forces surrounded Jalawla in Diyala and arrested some of the civilians there.
- Reports about fights near Al-Tahaddi Police Station in Falloujah, after information stating that the police supports the 1st Brigade .
- A total curfew imposed by the government forces in Fallujah to start a massacre just like the one in Hawija.
- The resistance groups declared that they will be protecting the civilians, and that they will attack anyone who tries to harm the demonstrators.
- The government forces bombed a mosque in Al-Jalali Area with mortars, and there were reports of tens of deaths and casualties in Al-Muqdadiyah in Diyala.
- Violent Clashes in Beiji, and attacks on the policemen and the army forces with mortars in Al-Seeniyyah Way, and also a mortar attack on the 5th Regiment.
- The Awakening forces in Beiji declared their separation from the other Awakenings Councils.
- The tribes declared that they stormed the agriculture crossroads checkpoint and got hold of its possessions.
- A meeting held with the tribes of Al-Ubaid, Albu-Muhammad, and Al-Jameela, where they all decided to form a force to prevent any government force coming from Baghdad or any other governorate from entering Kirkuk.
- Commando checkpoint members in Samarrah shot the civilians in the intersection between the Officers District and the Police District.
- The government forces imposed a curfew in Al-Muqdadiyah, in an attempt to prevent the people there from gathering in a protest against what happened in Hawija.
- The government forces submitted 35 corpses from Camp K1 to Azadi Hospital in Kirkuk, these corpses were people who were killed in Hawija.
- The United Police raided Al-Joulan District in Falloujah, attacking people in their houses, and the mosques called to help those who were assaulted.  
- Five army checkpoints in Mosul were dismantled.
- The Field of the Right’ Statement called the tribes of Samarrah to gather the youth to form an army to protect themselves.
- Clashes brtween the tribes and the government forces in the northern-west of Fallujah, and the ambulances went towards Al-Joulan District.
- Tens of shaded buses coming from Iran, received by a high rank officer in Al-Munthiriyah , arrived at a military barrack in Jalawla.
- Two vehicles belonging to S.W.A.T. forces were burned on Al-Abbasi Roas in Haweeja.
- The demonstrators in Honor and Dignity Square in Ramadi gave the government forces 48 hours to leave Al-Anbar and to stop their operations in the demonstration governorates.
- A group of the United Police in Al-Tuzz Area abandoned its materials and weapons, and joined another group in the city after clashes with the tribes.
- Some tribal youths had clashes with S.W.A.T. forces that killed the demonstrators in Hawija, while they were drawing back secretly to Al-Riyad Area.
- The security forces closed all the roads leading to Ramadi, preventing people from entering or leaving the city.
- The tribal forces declared their control of Al-Seeniyyah Base in Beiji, which is the biggest government army base there.
- Clashes at Al-Albaan checkpoint between the tribal youths and S.W.A.T. forces on the Hawija – Al-Riyad Road.
- The United Police surround the Grand Mosque in Fallujah since Al-Maghrib Prayer, and the mosques call to stop this siege.
- A local source : a big S.W.A.T. convoy was going from Tikrit towards Al-Riyad Area south of Kirkuk, and the forces were shooting randomly in the air.
 - The tribal youths surrounded Beiji Intelligence Office that is run by the 4th Squad.
- Violent clashes, and burning two Hummer vehicles belonging to the 4th Squad in Tikrit in Albu-Ajeel Area.
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Translation: Lubna Al Rudaini

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