Nine rockets land around Iraq’s Green Zone

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Nine rockets landed around the Iraqi capital’s Green Zone, home to government buildings and foreign missions, according to a military statement, as a parliament session was about to begin that was meant to elect a new president.

Several members of the security forces were injured in Thursday’s attack, the statement added without giving further details, but a security official told AFP that ten people were injured as a result of the attack.

He added that one of the projectiles fell near parliament.

According to a Reuters witness and parliament sources, at least three rockets landed in the Green Zone.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

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Similar attacks took place last month as the parliament was holding a vote to confirm its speaker.

Rocket attacks on the Green Zone have happened regularly in recent years but they are normally directed at Western targets by Iran-backed militia groups.

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