BASRA, Iraq – A rocket landed early Wednesday near the southern Iraqi city of Basra in a residential and operational headquarters of several global oil companies, including US giant ExxonMobil, wounding three Iraqi workers, police said.
There was no direct responsibility. It came after two separate attacks in as many days on bases in which US military personnel was housed in Iraq, as tensions between the United States and Iran increased. The missile hit the Burjesia site west of the city, police said The United States evacuated hundreds of diplomatic staff from the embassy in Baghdad last month, citing unspecified Iranian threats against US interests in neighboring Iraq, where Tehran supports some Shiite militia The departure of the diplomats had begun to return to Basra.
Oil Commissioners said operations, including exports from southern Iraq, were not affected by the incidents.
Police said the rocket was a Katyusha short-range missile landed 100 meters from the part of the site used by Exxon as a residential and operations center.
Burjesia is located near Eni's Zubair oil field.  Washington has in recent months tightened the sanctions pressure on Iran, saying that it has sent additional forces into the region to fight tensions with the Islamic Republic.
Last week, Tehran was blamed for attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Tehran denies its involvement.
Both sides do not want a war, but analysts warn that such incidents could escalate violence in the region.