Man wounded in Erbil rocket attack succumbs to his injuries

Broken glass is seen at the Bright Castle Motors building after reports of mortar shells landing near Erbil airport, in Erbil, Iraq February 15, 2021. (Reuters)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — A person wounded in a rocket attack on Erbil city last week succumbed to his injuries on Monday, according to a health official.

Director of Health in Erbil Dr. Dlovan Mohammed confirmed to Esta Media Network that the man had died due to his severe condition.

The 31-year-old man was a resident of Saladin province.

Nearly 14 rockets were launched toward Erbil city on February 15, three of which impacted within Erbil Air base.

Coalition Spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto said the attack killed a civilian contractor and wounded nine others, including a U.S. service member.

Separately, the Kurdistan Region’s ministry of interior said the attack killed a civilian and wounded eight others, including five at the Erbil airport.

Spokesman of U.S. State Department Ned Price said on Feb, 17 that the United States would impose consequences on the perpetrators of the attack.

“It is fair to say that there will be consequences for any group responsible for this attack,” Price said.

In a joint statement, foreign ministers of France, Germany, Italy, the UK and the U.S. denounced “in the strongest terms” the rocket attack.

The ministers said they would support the Iraqi government’s investigation into the attack with “a view to holding accountable those responsible”.

“We are united in our view that attacks on U.S. and Coalition personnel and facilities will not be tolerated,” they said.

A group calling itself “Avengers of Blood”, or Saraya Awliya al-Dam, claimed responsibility for the rocket attack on Erbil in a statement on social media, saying it targeted “American occupation” and that it was “the beginning of the game”.

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