UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The American Embassy security forces in Baghdad on Wednesday morning, for some time, fired tear gas canisters to disperse hundreds of Iraqi pro-Iranian protesters, who were burning the American flag, as seen by an AFP photographer.
After attacking the American embassy for hours, hundreds of people announced an open sit-in on Tuesday in the vicinity of the embassy, to fulfill their demand for the withdrawal of Americans from Iraq, as a result of American air strikes that killed 25 fighters of an armed faction loyal to Iran.
On Tuesday evening, protesters erected some 50 tents with sanitary supplies for camping.
On Sunday night, American air strikes on the bases of the Hezbollah Brigades, an armed Shiite faction of the pro-Iranian popular crowd, sparked resentment in Iraq, culminating in the attack by thousands of Iraqis from supporters of armed factions loyal to Iran on Tuesday, the US embassy in Baghdad.
On Wednesday morning, Iraqi forces closed the Green Zone in Baghdad, where the US embassy and important Iraqi institutions are located, after demonstrators on Tuesday managed to enter it.
She was checking the entrances to the security points to the area subject to strict security measures, but it did not appear that she was preparing to work to remove the protesters, who were mainly inside.
Pro-Iranian protesters who sit inside at once again tried to get close to the American embassy, burning American flags and chanting the phrase “America is the Great Satan”.
Then, from inside the campus of the embassy’s huge compound, tear gas was fired at the demonstrators, according to an AFP photographer.
Ambulances transported protesters with suffocation, while police reinforcements arrived to support the Iraqi forces, who formed a security cordon around the place.
The storming of the embassy and the previous American strikes and missile strikes attributed by Washington to pro-Iranian factions raise fears of increased tension between Washington and Tehran, and its transformation into open conflict on the lands of Iraq, an ally of Iran and the United States.
On Tuesday, Trump threatened to make Tehran “pay dearly” after the embassy attack, while affirming that he did not expect a war with it.
However, Washington has announced the dispatch of an additional 750 soldiers in the Middle East, to be deployed “most likely” later in Iraq, a US official confirmed to AFP.
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