ERBIL — A number of rockets on Friday morning targeted Baghdad International Airport, resulting in material damage to several planes, a security source said.
The six rockets were reportedly fired at around 4:00 a.m. at Camp Victoria at the Baghdad Airport which also caused damage to the airfield. It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties.
The source noted that several planes were damaged as the rockets fell on the runaway of the airport, pointing out that the anti-missile defense system was able to destroy several other incoming rockets.
Earlier on Tuesday, the residence of Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi in Anbar province was attacked with rockets, leaving two civilians injured.
A security source said in a statement at the time that four rockets were fired at the residence of Halbousi, one of which fell near the Sunni leader's house, and adding that they were launched from Dira'a Dijla area, where the Iran-backed Shia militia groups are present.
The rapid surge in attacks on political parties, their officials as well as headquarters in different cities of Iraq comes while the country has already elected a new speaker with two deputies for its legislature with efforts ongoing to elect a new president as well.
Shia militia groups known to have close ties with Iran are often accused of being behind such incidents in Iraq, particularly after their political factions lost in the last parliamentary elections.