Arab states slam IRGC missile strikes on Iraq's Erbil
Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain and Yemen were among several Arab states on Sunday to condemn an Iranian missile strike on Erbil, northern Iraq.
The strike, which hit areas administered by the Kurdish Regional Government on Saturday, (KRG) was claimed by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), which alleged it had struck an Israeli base there.
Egypt’s Foreign Ministry condemned the attack "in the strongest terms", while Bahrain expressed its "full support for the Republic of Iraq in all the measures it takes to maintain its security and territorial integrity".
Jordan and Yemen described the assault as a "terrorist attack" in separate statements, with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Nayef Al-Hajraf using similar language in his statement.
Twelve ballistic missiles rained down on Erbil in a pre-dawn cross-border attack that lightly wounded two civilians, according to Iraqi authorities.
Baghdad summoned Iran’s ambassador in protest at the strikes that had caused "material losses" and "damage to civilian installations and houses".
Iran's Revolutionary Guards confirmed they fired the projectiles, saying the attack targeted sites used by Israel.
The Guards said in a statement that a "strategic centre for conspiracy and mischiefs of the Zionists was targeted by powerful precision missiles fired by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps".
The missile assault came nearly a week after the Guards - Iran's ideological army - vowed to avenge the death of two of their officers killed in a rocket attack in Syria they blamed on Israel. Iran backs the government in Syria's civil war.
Erbil governor Oumid Khouchnaw dismissed as "baseless" any notion of Israeli sites in and around Arbil, adding: "There are no Israeli sites in the region."