Three rockets have struck the US embassy in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, with one hitting its restaurant, Al Arabiya reported on Sunday citing AFP.
Iraq’s Al Sumaria TV reported, citing a security source, that there were several casualties resulting from the attack and that helicopters were working to evacuate those inside the embassy and on its territory.
US aircraft were spotted flying over the scene and then landing inside the embassy compound, the agency added.
Baghdad’s “green zone”, where the US embassy is currently located, has recently been the target of several attacks. The latest one occurred just earlier in the day when three Katyusha rockets fell near the American embassy, Al Sumaria TV reported, with no casualties confirmed so far.
On 22 January, three missiles also hit the “green zone” in the Iraqi capital, no one was injured.
Tensions escalated in the region after Iran’s top military commander Qasem Suleimani was martyred in the US targeted attack on the International Airport in Baghdad. Following Suleimani’s assassination, the Iraqi parliament voted to expel all coalition forces.