İrem UZUN -TDO- Three Katyusha rockets landed near a U.S. oil company compound housing foreign worker in al-Barjasiya, situated in Iraq’s southern province of Basra, in the early hours of Monday morning, Iraqi military officials confirm. The rockets landed near a residential and office complex operated by Halliburton, a U.S. multinational corporation working in Zubair oil field, defense officials said in a statement. Nobody was hurt in the attack and the facility did not sustain any material damage. Halliburton has not commented on the incident.
Security forces are searching the Barjasiya area for those responsible for the three Katyusha rockets, Iraq’s Security Media Cell said on Twitter, adding that a rocket launcher and 11 unfired rockets were found on the nearby Zubair-Shuaiba road and defused. No group has claimed responsibility as of yet, but the rocket attacks come as tensions are once again escalating between the United States and Iran-backed militias in Iraq. Last month, Kataib Hezbollah and other Iranian proxies were blamed for a number of attacks on bases hosting U.S. troops, including one on Camp Taji that left two Americans and one British service member dead.
According to the Reuters, an Iraqi employee working with Halliburton said the rockets fell far from the site. The district houses foreign oil workers and offices of both foreign and Iraqi oil companies but has been largely empty in recent weeks after nearly all foreign personnel were evacuated because of the coronavirus pandemic.