Baghdad’s Green Zone US embassy hit with rockets for third time this month

Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone has come under attack with a series of rockets fired at the base.

Five Katyusha rockets were launched on Sunday and crashed into a riverbank near the US embassy.

One of the rockets landed inside the embassy walls.

In a statement, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi condemned the attack – the third this month – saying Iraq was commitment to “protecting all diplomatic missions.”

Three people were wounded during the incident.

One anti-government protester was also killed on Sunday after hundreds flooded the streets of Iraq’s capital and southern provinces.

Protesters have rallied since October over widespread government corruption – demanding fairer elections and to have all parties and politicians removed.

Since kicking off and turning violent quickly, security forces and unidentified gunmen have lit sit-in tents on fire and fired tear gas and live rounds to disperse crowd.

More than 100 people have been hurt in the unrest – at least 75 being in the southern city of Nassariya – and about 500 shot dead.

Read the article by Louise Starkey (with Reuters) in The Daily Telegraph.