3 killed in army shelling of Iraq's Fallujah

FALLUJAH, Iraq – Three people were killed when the Iraqi army shelled the city of Fallujah in the western Anbar province, a medical source said on Saturday.

Some 14 other civilians were injured in the shelling of residential areas in the city, Wessam al-Essawi, spokesperson of the Fallujah General Hospital, told Anadolu Agency.

Military officials could not be reached for comment.

Since last December, the Iraqi army has waged a major offensive in the Sunni-majority Anbar province with the stated aim of flushing militants – who Baghdad claims are linked to Al-Qaeda – out of the key cities of Ramadi and Fallujah.

Hundreds have been killed and injured in the two cities since the offensive began, according to government officials.

Many local Sunni tribes opposed to Iraq's Shiite-dominated government, meanwhile, have continued to voice anger over the operation's mounting civilian death toll.

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