UNAMI says ‘deeply concerned’ by current wave of attacks in Iraq

A man looks at the damage after the Iraqi military said rockets fell inside Baghdad’s Green Zone, Iraq November 18, 2020. (Reuters photo)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The U.N. Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said on Friday it is “deeply concerned” by the current wave of attacks targeting political offices and residences as well as rockets attacks, calling on all parties to pull together to expose perpetrates.

Recently, explosions have hit headquarters of Sunni political parties in Baghdad and residence of parliament speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi in the capital and Anbar. Office of the second deputy speaker was also attacked in Kirkuk last week.

Earlier on Friday, several rockets landed in the Baghdad international airport compound and near an adjacent U.S. air base, damaging at least one disused civilian plane.

“These despicable attacks have caused injuries and material damage, harming peaceful citizens whose only wish is to go about their daily lives without fear of attack or death,” UNAMI said in a statement.

“Although strongly condemned across the political spectrum, the perpetrators and rogue groups behind these callous attacks appear to enjoy impunity, acting recklessly and exposing the country to disastrous consequences,” it added.

It called on all sides move beyond condemnation and “swiftly pull together to expose those behind it”.

“At the same time, dialogue must be intensified to find solutions to any political dispute,” UNAMI stated. “Once again, all stakeholders are called to exercise restraint and avoid falling into the trap of creating chaos amid a critical yet delicate transitional period.”



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