Israel planning to bomb Hashd Sha’abi ammunition depots in Iraq: Expert
Tehran (KNA) - A security expert close to Iraqi intelligence services says there is information that the Israeli military is planning to launch airstrikes against the arms depots of pro-government Popular Mobilization Units, better known by the Arabic word Hashd al-Sha'abi, in the Arab country.
“Available information suggests that Israel is preparing to bomb the weapons caches of Hashd al-Sha’abi forces, and not the command centers or fortifications of the fighters. This is quite likely to happen,” Fadhil Abu Ragheef told Russia's RT Arabic television news network on Tuesday.
He added that a powerful explosion, which rocked a military base in southern Baghdad on Monday evening, could be part of the Israeli scenario.
Sayf al-Badr, spokesman of the Iraqi Health Ministry, said in a statement that at least one person was killed and 29 others were wounded in the blast.
An unnamed source from Iraq’s Interior Ministry said an ammunition warehouse exploded inside a federal police military base, named Falcon, in Owerij area near the southern district of Doura.
The source added that the blast was followed by a series of explosions at the warehouse that sent a large amount of shrapnel to nearby houses.
In January, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hinted during a visit to Iraq that the Israeli regime could launch attacks against Hashd al-Sha’abi forces, who played a key role in the Iraqi army’s counter-terrorism battles against the Daesh terror group and helped the government to rid the country of the Takfiri outfit in late 2017.