Huge Blast At Pro-Iran Militia Base Rips Through Baghdad Near ‘Green Zone’

Billows of smoke and fire are rising above Baghdad’s skyline after a massive explosion has reportedly engulfed a weapons depot said to be controlled by a pro-Iranian militia in the Iraqi capital

Stunning footage of the explosion’s aftermath in Dora neighborhood is circulating, which is not far from the sprawling US embassy, which has itself over the past months been targeted in sporadic mortar attacks. 

#Baghdad weapons depot blast #Iraq pic.twitter.com/TzsRlCr1al

— Steven nabil (@thestevennabil) August 12, 2019

According to The Times of Israel, “Local media reports that the weapons storehouse is owned by the Sayyid of Martyrs Battalions, an Iraqi Shiite militia supported by Tehran.”

Unconfirmed reports suggest the weapons storage facility may have been targeted by ISIS terror cells.

#breaking: Huge explosion at a weapons depot near Dora , Baghdad moments ago pic.twitter.com/UsJvPJ7ld0

— Steven nabil (@thestevennabil) August 12, 2019

Locals are currently evacuating the area as ammunition explodes in the early evening sky, sending rockets and projectiles flying in all directions and into residential homes.

Sky News Arabia reported that incoming mortar shells set off sirens in the area around the US embassy in Baghdad, known as the Green Zone. — Times of Israel

WATCH: Large smoke pillars rising in #Iraq‘s capital. An explosion had ripped through the city approximately two hours ago, reportedly near the US embassy. #Baghdad pic.twitter.com/2m1llk8eL8

— i24NEWS English (@i24NEWS_EN) August 12, 2019

Officials with the Baghdad Operations Command posted a social media statement saying  “explosion occurred because of the piling up of ammunition inside the Saqr military base in southern Baghdad.”

Footage of massive explosion in Baghdad, #Iraq in what was reported as blast at PMF militia weapons depot: pic.twitter.com/sUInTlP1zt

— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) August 12, 2019

Sirens are going off, with further reports that shells have possibly landed at the US diplomatic compound in the city.

A giant mushroom shaped cloud of black smoke can currently be observed hanging over the southern part of Baghdad. Videos show scenes of what sounds like a war zone.

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“Blast at pro-Iranian militia base weapons depot rocks Baghdad”https://t.co/ze4yuUz6kO

More footage of the blast site.pic.twitter.com/8IkZ1HLfzc

— Heshmat Alavi (@HeshmatAlavi) August 12, 2019

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