Kurdistan president calls on U.N. to take danger of Erbil attack ‘very seriously’

File – Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani. (Kurdistan Region Presidency)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani on Tuesday called on the U.N. Security Council to take the danger of a rocket attack on Erbil “very seriously”.

At least 10 rockets said to have been fired toward Erbil and areas around the city at 09:30 p.m. on Monday. Some of the rockets landed in Erbil international airport, where U.S.-led Coalition troops are stationed.

Spokesman of Coalition forces Col. Colonel Wayne Marotto said on Monday night that initial reports indicated that “Indirect Fire” landed on the Coalition forces in Erbil, wounding five civil contractors and one U.S. service member.

The Region’s president condemned the attack, which he said killed a person and wounded nine others including a number of Americans.

“We call on the U.N. Security Council and the United Nations to take the danger of the attack very seriously and to work to prevent further threats on the Kurdistan Region’s people through encouraging the Iraqi government to implement Iraqi Constitution, particularly Article 140,” Barzani said in a statement.

Barzani also called on the commander-in-chief of Iraqi armed forces, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, and the Coalition forces to reactivate the “mechanism of coordination with the Kurdistan Region” and allow the Kurdish and Iraqi security forces to work together in the disputed areas.

“The lack of coordination and the presence of some armed groups outside the power of the federal government have caused escalation and continuous threats on the Kurdistan Region,” Barzani said.

“I call on the Iraqi prime minister to immediately form a joint investigative committee between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the federal government and to find perpetrators and bring them to justice.”

U.S.-led Coalition Spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto said in a tweet that nearly 14 rockets fired toward Erbil, three of which landed in Erbil international airport. One civil contractor was killed and nine others including eight civil contractors and a U.S. service member were wounded.

*This story was updated at 11:24 a.m. EBL time 

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