Thousands gathered in Baghdad Saturday to mourn the death of those killed in a U.S. airstrike that has sent tensions soaring throughout the Middle East.
Mourners chanted "Death to America, death to Israel" as they marched in a funeral procession for Iran's top general and Iraqi militant leaders who were killed in the strike early Friday near the capital's international airport.
Among them was Iraq's prime minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi.
The crowd of mostly men dressed in black fatigues carried their country's flag and the flags of Iran-backed militias that are loyal to Qassem Soleimani, the high-profile commander of Iran's secretive Quds Force whose death has raised fears of escalation and even all-out war.
On Saturday, one rocket landed inside the Green Zone, a secured area in central Baghdad where the U.S. and other nations have embassies, and another in the Jadiriyah neighborhood across the Tigris from the Green Zone, a U.S. military official and Iraq's Joint Operations Command confirmed.
Three rockets were also fired at Balad Air Base, an Iraqi Air Force compound nearly 50 miles north of Baghdad. All three projectiles landed outside the installation where U.S. personnel are based, a U.S. military official said.
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There were no reports of casualties or damage to buildings. NBC News has not confirmed the source of the rockets.
Qatar, which often serves as a mediator in the Middle East, said its foreign minister had discussed "ways of exercising restraint" during a visit to Tehran Saturday.
As the world waits to see what comes next, Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) said early Saturday another airstrike hit a convoy north of the capital, killing at least six people.
But both the Iraqi military and the PMU — an umbrella group of mostly Iran-backed militias — later denied any airstrikes had taken place in the area. The U.S.-led coalition also denied carrying out any airstrike.
Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, said to be the deputy of the militias and a close adviser to Soleimani, was also killed in Friday's strike.
He is also blamed for orchestrating a series of attacks on allied bases in Iraq in recent months, including a rocket strike that killed a U.S. contractor and wounded four other service members last week.
That prompted the U.S. to carry out deadly airstrikes last Sunday on weapons depots in Iraq and Syria that it said were linked to Kataeb Hezbollah, an Iran-backed Shiite militia group. That in turn prompted the demonstrations at the U.S. Embassy involving as many as 6,000 people, many of whom were linked to the group.
Iraq's leadership is facing mounting pressure to expel the 5,200 American troops it hosts. The country's parliament is expected to hold an emergency session on Sunday in response to the airstrike.
Meanwhile in Iran, President Hassan Rouhani visited Soleimani's house to pay respects to the late general's family. He was seen hugging Soleimani's son and greeting his wife.