03:15 GMT19 January 2021
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    The protests sparked after the US military carried out airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, killing 25 and injuring 51 militants of the Shia group Kata'ib Hezbollah. The tensions reportedly resulted in the evacuation of the US diplomatic staff from the embassy.

    Numerous protesters who gathered in the fortified Green Zone of the Iraqi capital stormed the US Embassy in the country.

    According to journalist Babak Taghvaee, who posted videos of the besieged facility set on fire, thousands of people were holding a rally outside the embassy, and Iraqi special forces were ready to open fire on them if the crowd attempted to break into the diplomatic facility again.

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