An Iraqi intelligence officer said 40 workers from energy company Exxon Mobil Corp. have been evacuated from an oil-drilling site in southern Iraq following rocket fire, according to AP. Iraqi officials said a Katyusha rocket hit the site in southern Basra province, striking a camp housing workers from Exxon Mobil and other foreign companies.
The officer told The Associated Press that security reinforcements have been deployed to the site. The rocket hit the site before dawn on Wednesday, June 19th, near the location of the Iraqi workers and wounded three.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to brief the press.
The official said that 16 Exxon Mobil workers were evacuated immediately after the attack. Another 24 workers were later evacuated.
German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, says the risk of war in the Persian Gulf region is not ruled out amid rising tensions between Iran and the United States.
Mass spoke on Wednesday with his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian, in Paris. Mass said, "The situation is serious," and "everything must be done" to avoid further escalation of the tensions in the region.
He and Le Drian said they have talked with all the parties involved, including Iran and the US. Le Drian said France has concerns about the Iranian authorities' actions and comments.