Iranian attack on Iraq's Erbil kills UK citizen

Iranian attack on Iraq
# 18 January 2024 11:26 (UTC +04:00)

On Wednesday, the UK ambassador to Iraq, Stephen Hitchen, revealed that a British citizen was killed in the Iranian attack on the city of Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region, APA reports citing Shafaq News.

"I extend my deepest condolences to the families of all the victims of yesterday's reckless attacks, and in particular to the family of British national Karam Mikhael. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time." Hitchen wrote on X.

On Monday, Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) launched ballistic missiles at what it said was a spy base for Israel's intelligence agency Mossad in northern Iraq.

IRGC said the strike in Iraq destroyed "one of the main espionage headquarters" of Israel in Erbil.

"This headquarters has been the center for developing espionage operations and planning terrorist acts, "IRGC said in a statement.

According to the Kurdish authorities, at least four civilians were killed, including multimillionaire Kurdish businessman Peshraw Dizayee and several members of his family, and six others were injured in the attack.

Despite the Iraqi and Kurdish strong condemnation, Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that the operation was "self-defense."