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    On Tuesday, hundreds of people surrounded the American Embassy in Baghdad, following a deadly airstrike conducted by the US that targeted 5 Kata’ib Hezbollah militia locations in Iraq and Syria, killing 25 of the paramilitary group's fighters and critically injuring over 50 others.

    Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz on Wednesday denounced what he described as an “attack” on the US Embassy in Baghdad by Iraqi protesters, and accused Tehran of supporting the protests.

    Katz tweeted that his country supports the United States and urged the international community to stand against “the crimes of the murderous regime in Tehran”.

    Tweet: “Israel supports the United States and strongly defends the attacks on the United States Embassy in Iraq by the envoys of the Ayatollah regime in Iran. Iran has made a grave mistake in attempting to strike US diplomats in Iraq. We call on the international community to stand firmly against the crimes of the murderous regime in Tehran".

    On 31 December, people claiming to be Iraqi protesters surrounded the US Embassy in Baghdad in a purported response to US airstrikes against Kata’ib Hezbollah bases in Iraq and Syria that killed 25 people. The supposed protesters vandalised parts of the embassy building, but no American staff or protester was reported to have been injured.

    US officials were quick to claim that Iran orchestrated the action. The Trump administration said that the US Embassy in Iraq was safe despite being attacked and warned that Tehran would be held fully responsible for damage caused to any US facilities.

    Iran's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday dismissed the Trump's administration's "empty" accusations concerning allegations that Iran had orchestrated the attacks on the US Embassy in Baghdad.

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