A crowd stormed the Bahraini embassy in Baghdad late on Thursday night in protest at the Gulf State’s decision to host a controversial US summit on Israeli-Palestinian peace.
Hundreds of demonstrators broke into the grounds of the embassy and ripped down Bahrain’s red-and-white flag while waving Palestinian banners.
No one was hurt during the storming and Iraqi security forces regained control of the compound after firing gunshots in the air to disperse the crowd.
No group claimed responsibility for the attack on the embassy but initial suspicion fell on Iraqi Shia groups aligned with Iran.
Bahrain condemned the storming as “unacceptable” and announced it was recalling its ambassador from Iraq for consultations. Other Gulf Arab states also condemned the attack.
The incident highlights that while Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE are drawing publicly closer to Israel there are still risks for Arab states to be associated with the Jewish state.