Rocket attack on Baghdad's Green Zone wounds 3, including children

Rocket attack on Baghdad’s Green Zone wounds 3, including children


Baghdad: Three people, including two children, were injured in a rocket attack in Baghdad’s Green Zone on Thursday, with one hitting a school and two breaking into the US embassy grounds, Iraqi security sources said.

The Supreme Court suspended the newly appointed speaker amid renewed political tensions in the war-torn country.

“Three rockets were fired towards the Green Zone,” a high-ranking Iraqi official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

“Two of those fell on the grounds of the American embassy, and the other on a school nearby, injuring a woman, a girl and a young boy.”

In recent months, dozens of rocket assaults or drone bomb attacks have targeted American troops and interests in Iraq.

The attacks are rarely claimed, but are routinely pinned on pro-Iran factions.

These factions in Iraq are calling for the departure of all US forces stationed in the country.

Another security source, who asked not to be named, said on Thursday that no one was injured or damaged inside the U.S. embassy compound.

The embassy is located in Baghdad’s ultra-safe Green Zone, which also houses parliament and other government offices.

The US embassy condemned the attack in a statement on Facebook, attributing it to “terrorist groups attempting to undermine Iraq s security, sovereignty, and international relations”.

No group has claimed the attack.

The Iraqi government s Security Media Cell said a number of rockets were fired from the Al-Dawra area in the south of Baghdad.

AFP reporters heard two explosions on Thursday evening, as well as gunfire from the Green Zone.

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