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3 rockets ‘directly hit US Embassy’ in Baghdad’s Green Zone (VIDEOS)

3 rockets ‘directly hit US Embassy’ in Baghdad’s Green Zone (VIDEOS)
Five rockets have landed in Baghdad's Green Zone, with at least three of them directly hitting the US Embassy in the Iraqi capital city, according to security sources. There’s no official word yet on casualties or damage.

The missiles hit Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, media report, citing security sources. One of these said that all five ‘Katyusha rockets’ had landed near the compound, while another put the number of projectiles at three – but described it as a ‘direct hit.’

The unguided volley targeted the US mission late on Sunday. Warning systems at the facility were activated and people were advised to seek shelter, footage from the scene shows.

At least one person was wounded, a senior Iraqi official told AFP on condition of anonymity, but it was not immediately clear whether the injured person was an American national or an Iraqi staff member

Later in the day, former Iraqi FM Hoshyar Zebari confirmed that at least one projectile had hit the US Embassy, directly damaging its canteen and setting it on fire. Still, the US remains silent on the matter and there has been no confirmation – or denial – of the claims.

“We call on the government of Iraq to fulfill its obligations to protect our diplomatic facilities,” a US State Department spokesperson said, confirming they were “aware of reports of rockets landing in the International Zone” but carefully not mentioning the US Embassy itself.

The Green Zone has seen a string of similar incidents in recent weeks, with unknown attackers repeatedly – and quite imprecisely – targeting the US Embassy with unguided projectiles. Other US facilities across Iraq have sustained rocket fire on several occasions.

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