5 Katyusha rockets crashed right into a riverbank close to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad’s closely fortified Inexperienced Zone with out inflicting any accidents or critical harm, an announcement from U.S. Joint Operations Command mentioned.
One rocket landed contained in the embassy partitions, an Iraqi safety official mentioned. The official spoke on situation of anonymity in keeping with Iraqi authorities rules.
It’s the third such assault this month and the perpetrators weren’t instantly identified.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi condemned the rocket assault that focused the U.S. Embassy. In an announcement, he asserted Iraq’s dedication to “defending all diplomatic missions.”
Individually on Sunday, one protester was killed by safety forces after a whole lot of anti-government protesters flooded the streets of Iraq’s capital and southern provinces.
Safety forces fired tear gasoline and dwell rounds to disperse the crowds from the capital’s Khilani Sq., medical and safety officers mentioned. The officers spoke on situation of anonymity in keeping with rules. One protester was killed and 6 wounded after safety forces fired dwell rounds in close by Wathba Sq. later within the night.
Not less than 28 demonstrators had been reported wounded by Iraqi safety forces within the first hours of Sunday’s avenue rallies.
The mass protests began in October over widespread authorities corruption and an absence of public providers and jobs. They rapidly grew into requires sweeping modifications to Iraq’s political system that was imposed after the 2003 U.S. invasion. Iraqi safety forces have responded harshly. Not less than 500 protesters have been killed for the reason that unrest started.
Iraq additionally has been roiled by U.S.-Iran tensions that threatened a regional battle after an American drone strike this month killed high Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani close to Baghdad.