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Three Rockets Hit Green Zone Near US Embassy in Baghdad

BAGHDAD: Three Katyusha rockets fell on Tuesday inside Baghdad’s Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign missions, Iraqi police sources told Reuters.

The three rockets were launched from Zafaraniyah district outside Baghdad, the sources said, adding that two rockets landed near the United States embassy

Sirens could be heard across the zone immediately after the rockets made an impact.

The US has blamed Iran-backed paramilitary groups for a spate of similar attacks in recent months on the Green Zone, but there has never been a claim of responsibility.

Tensions in Iraq have risen since the US assassinated Qassem Soleimani, an Iranian military commander, in Baghdad on January 3.

That killing came amid widespread anti-Iraq government demonstrations, which are continuing.