Four Katyusha rockets fall inside Baghdad’s Green Zone

Smoke rises from a pickup truck from which several Katyusha rockets were launched toward Green Zone in Baghdad, November 17, 2020. (Shafaaq News)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Four Katyusha rockets landed in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone late on Tuesday, the Iraqi military said.

Iraqi Security Media Cell said in a statement that the rockets were launched from al-Amin al-Thaniya neighborhood in al-Alif Dar district in New Baghdad.

Reuters reported that sirens blasted from the U.S. embassy inside the Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign missions.

The new agency cited a security source as saying that some of the rockets landed near the U.S. embassy.

Meanwhile, AFP cited security sources as saying that the rockets targeted the U.S. embassy in the Green zone. AFP reporters said they heard several large blasts, followed by rapid-fire and red flares lighting up the sky, indicating that the embassy’s C-Ram rocket defense system was deployed.

A security source told Shafaaq news that a number of Iraqi security forces and Hashid al-Shaabi fighters were wounded in the rocket attack.

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