1st LD Writethru: Rockets land near U.S. embassy in Baghdad-Xinhua

1st LD Writethru: Rockets land near U.S. embassy in Baghdad

Source: Xinhua

Editor: huaxia

2023-12-08 15:16:45

BAGHDAD, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Some 12 rockets landed on Friday near the U.S. Embassy in the heavily fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad, capital of Iraq, an Iraqi Interior Ministry source said.

The attack took place before dawn when the rockets landed in the vicinity of the embassy in the Green Zone, which also houses some of the main Iraqi government offices, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The source said that alarm sirens were heard inside the embassy area, adding that there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Military bases housing U.S. forces in Iraq and U.S. bases in Syria have been attacked by armed Shiite militias, as part of retaliatory measures amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

The heavily fortified Green Zone has been frequently targeted by insurgents' mortar and rocket attacks. The roughly 10 square km zone is located on the west bank of the Tigris River, which bisects the Iraqi capital.