Turkish Consulate in Iraq’s Mosul Hit by Rockets

A rocket attack targeted Turkey’s Consulate General in Iraq’s Mosul City on Wednesday, causing damage to the building but no casualties.

“Four rockets were fired towards the consulate,” a senior security official from Mosul’s police service told Al-Araby.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said that rockets were fired from a rural area north of the city controlled by Brigade 30, a group loyal to the Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Forces.

The official also said that some cars and homes of civilians around the consulate were damaged in the incident.

The attack came days after Iraq blamed Turkey for artillery shelling that killed nine Iraqi tourists visiting a resort in Zakho, Iraqi Kurdistan.

Turkey, which strongly denied its involvement in last week’s attack and instead blamed the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), condemned Wednesday’s attack on its consulate in Iraq.

“We condemn this attack, in which no casualties were reported, in the strongest terms and expect those responsible to be brought to justice as soon as possible,” Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Calling on Iraqi authorities to fulfill their responsibilities in protecting diplomatic and consular missions, Turkey said it was “a grave and noteworthy development that this attack was carried out during the UN Security Council meeting, which was held upon the call of the Iraqi authorities and at a time when our country was unfairly accused and targeted.”

Ankara has reiterated its call to the Iraqi authorities to focus on the fight against terrorism and to put an end to the terrorist presence on their territory, which poses a threat to neighboring countries and diplomatic missions.

Following last week’s shelling, Baghdad called on the Security Council to pass a resolution in which Ankara should withdraw its troops from northern Iraq.

Turkey runs military bases as part of its long-running campaign against the PKK, a militant group which has been waging war against Turkey for the last 35 years and is responsible for the killing of 40,000 people.

US, EU and Turkey listed PKK as a terrorist organization.

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