Rockets hit oil industry district in southern Iraq

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Rockets hit oil industry district in southern Iraq

Three Katyusha rockets launched early on Monday, hit the Burjesia residential and operations headquarters west of Iraq’s main southern city Basra. The district houses foreign workers in Iraq’s oil industry but caused no damage or casualties, police said.

The district houses foreign oil workers and offices of both foreign and Iraqi oil companies, but has been largely empty in recent weeks because of the evacuation of nearly all foreign personnel due to the coronavirus crisis.

Two officials with state-run Basra Oil Co. (BOC), which oversees oil operation in the south, said the attack had not affected production and export operations. Police sources said they found a rocket launcher and some unused rockets in a nearby farmland area.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the rocket attack and police said they deployed additional forces to carry out search operation in the area.

 

Chidi Nwoke.