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Live Updates: All Iraqi Protesters Leave US Embassy in Baghdad Amid Tensions

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BEIRUT (Sputnik) - The US embassy security personnel have deployed tear gas to disperse demonstrators off its territory in Baghdad, Lebanese Al Mayadeen broadcaster reported.

Protesters angered by a deadly US strike on a Shiite militia in Iraq were seen ebbing from the American embassy in Baghdad on Wednesday night, the Alsumaria channel said.

Protesters left after an umbrella organization encompassing many Iraqi paramilitary groups asked demonstrators to heed calls from the national government to withdraw, according to the Alsumaria channel.

Iraqi Interior Minister Yaseen Yasiri reportedly showed up outside the embassy to make sure that no more protesting was going on.

Mass rallies at the territory of the US diplomatic mission resumed earlier in the day. According to media reports, several protesters were injured.

On 31 December, angered Iraqis stormed the US embassy in Baghdad and torched its outer fence in protest against recent US airstrikes that targeted the Kata’ib Hezbollah Shiite militia in Iraq and Syria.

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The Pentagon said on Sunday it carried out "defensive strikes" against five Kata'ib Hezbollah facilities in Iraq and Syria in retaliation for the Iranian-backed group's attack on a US base near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk that left one US defence contractor dead and four US soldiers wounded on Friday.

Iran's Foreign Ministry a day earlier dismissed "empty" accusations coming out of Washington about Iran allegedly orchestrating attacks on the US embassy in Iraq. The ministry also called on Washington to reject its "destructive policies" in the Middle East.

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