At least three Katyusha rockets have targeted the US embassy in Iraq’s Green Zone area, according to Al Arabiya’s correspondent.
Security sources said the rockets were intercepted by the US embassy’s anti-missile defense systems and that they fell within the Green Zone Area.
“Iraqi security forces are currently searching for the missile launchers that were used in the vicinity of the US embassy in Baghdad,” Al Arabiya’s correspondent in Baghdad Majid Hamid reported.
Watch: Video shows US anti-missile defense systems intercept at least three Katyusha rockets that were launched targeting the #US embassy in #Iraq’s Green Zone in #Baghdad.https://t.co/c8lOBB0iSW pic.twitter.com/uaI0JFlej5— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) December 20, 2020
A security cordon has been imposed in the vicinity of the US embassy in Baghdad following the attack, the corresponded added.
The Iraqi military said that an "outlaw group" fired rocketsat Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone on Sunday.
Watch: Video shows a volley of rockets heard being intercepted near the US embassy in #Baghdad's #GreenZone, with tensions boiling ahead of the one-year anniversary of the US killing top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.https://t.co/c8lOBB0iSW pic.twitter.com/l3WxqzjzLC— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) December 20, 2020
The rockets hit a residential complex inside the Green Zone,damaging buildings and cars but causing no casualties, a military statement said.
The US Embassy in Baghdad confirmed in a statement that rockets targeting the Green Zone resulted in the engagement of the embassy’s defensive systems.
“There was some minor damage on the Embassy compound but no injuries or casualties. We have received reports of damage to residential areas near the US Embassy and possibly some injuries to innocent Iraqi civilians,” the statement read.
“As we have said many times, these sorts of attacks on diplomatic facilities are a violation of international law and are a direct assault on the sovereignty of the Iraqi government. We call on all Iraqi political and governmental leaders to take steps to prevent such attacks and hold accountable those responsible,” the embassy added.