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Bahrain recalls Iraqi envoy after 'attack' on embassy

MANAMA, June 28, 2019

Bahrain recalled its ambassador to Iraq for consultations after demonstrators broke into the courtyard of the Bahraini embassy in Baghdad on Thursday night to protest against Bahrain’s participation in the US-led economic “deal of the century” plan for Palestine.
 
Iraqi authorities deployed additional troops to disperse the demonstrators and secure the embassy, which sources said appeared to have been targeted by Kata’ib Hezbollah, one of the most powerful pro-Iranian Shiite armed factions in Iraq, reported Arab News.
 
At least 54 people were reportedly arrested after the incident. Iraqi security forces regained control of the compound after firing gunshots in the air to disperse the crowd. 
 
A senior minister said it will appoint a committee to investigate the incident and the individuals responsible for ensuring the safety and security of the embassy and its staff.
 
Bahrain condemned the storming as “unacceptable” and announced it was recalling its ambassador from Iraq for consultations. Other GCC states also condemned the attack, reported The Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
 
The kingdom stressed the importance of holding the perpetrators accountable and preventing the recurrence of such actions. It also called on the Iraqi government to assume its responsibilities in securing and protecting Bahrain’s embassy and consulate in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961.



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