Egypt condemns ballistic missile attack on Iraqi city of Irbil

Ahram Online , Sunday 13 Mar 2022

Egypt condemned “in the strongest terms the cowardly terrorist attack” that targeted the Iraqi city of Irbil that took place in the early hours of Sunday and resulted in some material losses, a statement by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs read on Sunday.

A file photo of Egypt s Foreign Ministry in Cairo (Photo : Al-Ahram)
A file photo of Egypt's Foreign Ministry headquarters in Cairo (Photo : Al-Ahram)

As many as 12 ballistic missiles were fired on the northern Iraqi city, with no injuries reported. It was not immediately clear where they landed.

“Egypt reiterates its strong condemnation of these despicable acts,” the statement added, stressing the country’s support to Iraq.

The ministry added that Egypt supports any measures Iraq will take to safeguard its security and stability.

US and Iraqi officials told AP — on condition of anonymity — that the missiles were launched from neighbouring Iran.

Iraqi officials in Baghdad initially said several missiles hit the new and unoccupied US consulate in Irbil and that it was the target of the attack, while US officials said it was still uncertain exactly how many missiles were fired and exactly where they landed, according to AP.

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