1 killed, 10 injured in army shelling of Iraq's Fallujah

BAGHDAD – One civilian was killed when the Iraqi army shelled residential areas in the western city of Fallujah, a medical source said on Friday.

Ten people were injured in the shelling, Wessam al-Essawi, spokesman 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 Fallujah and Ramadi.

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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