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BREAKING, Rockets Explode Near US Embassy As Tensions With Iran Grow

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A rocket was fired into Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone but caused no casualties, the Iraqi military said on Sunday.

“A Katyusha rocket fell in the middle of the Green Zone without causing any losses, details to come later,” the military said in a statement.

There is no word on where the rocket was fired from or who fired it but it comes as tensions with the United States and Iran continue to mount.

The Green Zone in Baghdad houses important facilities including a United States embassy and some Iraqi government buildings.

“This a major escalation, at 8:29 PM a rocket was launched toward the Green Zone and the vicinity of the U.S Embassy from (Jisr al Amana ) neighborhood in Baghdad,” Al Hurra News correspondent Steven Nabil said.

This a major escalation, at 8:29 PM a rocket was launched toward the Green Zone and the vicinity of the U.S Embassy from (Jisr al Amana ) neighborhood in Baghdad.

— Steven nabil (@thestevennabil) May 19, 2019

“We heard one rocket fly over us and explode in the Green Zone in Baghdad. The Green Zone houses Iraqi government buildings and the US embassy,” BBC Middle East correspondent Martin Patience said.

We heard one rocket fly over us and explode in the Green Zone in Baghdad. The Green Zone houses Iraqi government buildings and the US embassy ….

— Martin Patience (@martinpatience) May 19, 2019

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“Iraqi al_Sharqiyah TV reporting the explosions near the American Embassy in the Green Zone were Katyusha rockets, no casualties reported so far. Sirens still going off,” former Intelligence officer Rick Francona said.

Iraqi al_Sharqiyah TV reporting the explosions near the American Embassy in the Green Zone were Katyusha rockets, no casualties reported so far. Sirens still going off.https://t.co/7blwmLawJl

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— Rick Francona (@MiddleEastGuy) May 19, 2019

#BREAKING: Initial reports of rockets/missiles hitting the vicinity of the US Embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone, more when I get it

— ELINT News (@ELINTNews) May 19, 2019

“A Katyusha rocket fell in the middle of the Green Zone” https://t.co/FPPmN4ossa

— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) May 19, 2019

#BREAKING Katyusha rocket crashes into Baghdad Green Zone: security services pic.twitter.com/tQrTBkM8g1

— AFP news agency (@AFP) May 19, 2019

#Iraq-i outlets report finding a missile launchpad on the grounds of a university in the center of #Baghdad, presumably from where a Katyusha rocket was fired on the Green Zone.

— Nabih (@nabihbulos) May 19, 2019

A Katyusha rocket has landed in the vicinity of the US embassy in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone, according to Al Arabiya’s correspondent.https://t.co/jENVqEPmjZ pic.twitter.com/841L4qacRS

— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) May 19, 2019

#UPDATE: John Bolton has been spotted arriving at the White House following the rocket attack in the Green Zone Baghdad #Iraq. -Gage #US

— World Events Live (@IdeologyWars) May 19, 2019

The Green Zone In #Baghdad #Iraq after a rocket exploded inside it without causing any casualties pic.twitter.com/lw7DfJbHPY

— Bassem Mroue باسم مروه (@bmroue) May 19, 2019

Reuters contributed to this report.

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