World Bulletin / News Desk
At least 11 people were killed and 23 injured in a fresh round of violence on Friday in Iraq's western Anbar province, medical and security sources said.
The worst violence on Friday was seen in provincial capital Ramadi, where clashes between Iraqi police and Al-Qaeda-linked rebels left nine people dead and 11 injured.
An army artillery barrage in the city of Fallujah, meanwhile, left two children dead and 13 people injured.
An Anadolu Agency correspondent in Ramadi said that clashes between police backed by local tribesman and Al-Qaeda's regional affiliate, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, spilled over into several parts of Ramadi.
As of 5pm GMT, sporadic clashes were still ongoing in the southern and eastern parts of the city, he added.
A security source told AA that Iraqi forces had managed to kill six Al-Qaeda fighters. A medical source, meanwhile, said three tribesmen had been killed and 11 others injured in the clashes.
The Anbar province has recently been the scene of mounting violence between army troops and armed tribesman.
On Monday, clashes erupted in the province after government troops moved in to evict a months-old sit-in in the city of Ramadi staged by tribesmen opposed to the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
Protesters had accused al-Maliki's government of anti-Sunni discrimination and had called for its dismissal.
The sit-in dispersal came two days after Sunni lawmaker Ahmed al-Alwani, a prominent anti-Maliki protest organizer, was arrested in a raid on his Ramadi home by Iraqi forces. Six people were killed in the raid, including al-Alwani's brother.
Local tribesmen later expressed their support for local police against Al-Qaeda-linked gunmen who claimed that they had established control over the province's two main cities. Tribal chieftains, however, rejected the presence of army troops and vowed to fight off any military forces dispatched to the province by Baghdad.
Meanwhile, the head of the local council in the troubled Iraqi province of Anbar called on the army to stop randomly shelling residential areas in the city of Fallujah.
“The random shelling by the army, using artillery and mortar rounds, against residential areas in Fallujah has claimed the lives of several innocent civilians, including children and women,” Sabah Karhoot told Anadolu Agency on Saturday.
He also called on the central government in Baghdad to compensate those affected by the bombardment.Last Mod: 04 Ocak 2014, 11:04