Videos: Multiple Rockets Fired Near US Consulate in Erbil, No Fatalities Reported
22:28 GMT 12.03.2022 (Updated: 16:43 GMT 08.01.2023)
© Photo : Twitter / @no_itsmyturnA screenshot from the video of an alleged airstrike in Erbil, Iraq on March 13, 2022.
© Photo : Twitter / @no_itsmyturn
At the moment, the scale of destruction is not known. It is also not clear what the target of the attack was, although no one is reported to have been killed.
Several explosions were heard over the city of Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan on late Saturday, according to social media reports.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi issued a statement condemning the attack as "aggression" against the city's residents and their safety.
"The aggression which targeted the dear city of Erbil and spread fear amongst its inhabitants is an attack on the security of our people," he tweeted. "I discussed these developments with the KRG PM. Our security forces will investigate and stand firm against any threats towards our people."
Unconfirmed reports say that a rocket hit was recorded near the US consulate in the city.
Responding to the reports, a US Department of State spokesperson reportedly noted that at no US government facility has there been any damage or casualties, per Axios. The spokesperson added that the attacks were being investigated "by the government of Iraq and the Kurdish Regional Government."
A Department of Defense spokesperson told the outlet that the Pentagon was "looking into the reported attack near Erbil."
Later in the night, Iraqi state media, citing anti-terrorism forces in the Kurdistan region, reported that 12 ballistic missiles were used in an attack launched from outside the country.
Videos of explosions were shared on social media, with one allegedly showing an explosion in the sky over the city.
Another video of the explosions that occurred in Erbil. pic.twitter.com/hm1dBotKUr— Mustafa Saadoon (@SaadoonMustafa) March 12, 2022
Pro-Iran PMU Sabereen News posted this on Telgram channel pic.twitter.com/jtCcDhirUz— Wladimir (@vvanwilgenburg) March 12, 2022
Another video from Erbil#KRI #Iraq 🇮🇶 pic.twitter.com/ZZbYGzWnnt— Aleph א 🇺🇦 (@no_itsmyturn) March 12, 2022
The Explosion in #erbil pic.twitter.com/s8GVx9w568— FWolfie Bad Girl (@Bebo_jb) March 12, 2022
Tweets citing FlightRadar24 data asserted that several fighter jets were heard in the sky.
According to reports, the studio of the local TV channel Kurdistan 24 was also damaged in the airstrike.
#Kurdistan24 studio….. pic.twitter.com/VgkjoWTNK0— Barzan Sadiq (@BarzanSadiq) March 12, 2022
Photo shows the aftermath of attack in @kurdistan24tv compound. pic.twitter.com/6bhWCwF1PK— Blesa Shaways (@Bilesa_Shaweys) March 12, 2022
Sky News Arabia reported that the target of the missile attack was the headquarters of the US Consulate in Erbil, adding that five missiles were fired at the area.
The Iraqi Health Ministry reportedly said that no one was killed in the incident.
Unconfirmed reports also suggested that the missiles may have been fired from the Khasabad military base in Iran. Citing sources, Reuters later reported that the projectiles launched toward Erbil were launched from Iran.
In the past year, the Erbil airport in Kurdistan, which houses American forces, has been attacked several times. A drone strike last July triggered sirens in the US consulate in Erbil. There were no casualties or property damage recorded at the time.
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