FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2009 file photo, Iraqi workers are seen at the Rumaila oil refinery, near the city of Basra, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq. BASRA - 19 June 2019: A rocket struck the site of the residential and operations headquarters of several global major oil companies, including U.S. giant ExxonMobil, near Iraq's southern city of Basra early on Wednesday, wounding three people, Iraq's military said.There was no immediate claim of responsibility. It came after two separate attacks in as many days on bases housing U.S. military personnel in Iraq, as tension rose between the United States and Iran.The rocket hit the Burjesia site west of the city, according to police and a statement released by the military. Police said it landed 100 metres from the part of the site used as a residence and operations centre by Exxon.Burjesia is near the Zubair oilfield operated by Eni.Washington has ramped up sanctions pressure on Iran in recent months and says it has sent additional forces to the region over tension with the Islamic Republic.It blames Tehran for attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week. Tehran denies it was involved.Both sides say they do not want war, but analysts warn such incidents could escalate violence in the region.
Source: Egypt Today June 19, 2019 06:22 UTC