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05 Mar 2020 | 01:46 PM UTC

Iraq: Indirect fire hits Baghdad’s International Zone March 5 /update 2

Two rounds of indirect fire (IDF) hit Baghdad’s International Zone (Green Zone) on March 5, with one round hitting in the vicinity of US Embassy; similar attacks possible over the near term

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Event

Two rounds of indirect fire (IDF), possibly mortar rounds, hit Baghdad's International Zone (Green Zone) on Thursday night (local time), March 5. According to local sources, one round landed in the Tigris River while another impacted north of the US Embassy. No casualties were immediately reported. No further details were immediately reported.

A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be expected in the International Zone over the coming hours. Similar attacks targeting the International Zone are possible over the near term.  

Advice

Individuals in Baghdad are advised to closely monitor the situation, avoid the affected area, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

The security environment in Iraq remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas with proper security protocols in place, other areas should be considered strictly off limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to all travel.