Dutch government demands answers from Iran after child killed in Iraq attack

The Dutch government summoned the Iranian ambassador to the Netherlands after a Dutch baby died in an Iranian attack on Erbil, Iraq.

Iran struck Erbil with ballistic missiles, claiming it was an attack on an Israeli spy headquarters, which was denied by Iraqi and Iraqi Kurdish officials.

The attack killed at least four people, including a prominent Kurdish businessman and his infant child.

A Dutch child of less than one year old had died in attacks by Iran on Erbil, Dutch Foreign Minister Hanke Bruins Slot said in a statement.

She added she had asked her Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amirabdollahian, for clarification and had summoned the Iranian ambassador.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian attends a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, August 17, 2023. (credit: AHMED YOSRI/ REUTERS)

Inserting the Israel-Hamas war

Amirabdollahian, in comments quoted by Iran’s state media, told Bruins Slot: “We don’t have documentary proof about the killing of a child at the Mossad terrorist compound in northern Iraq.”

“We are drawing the Dutch government’s attention to the genocide and massacre of thousands of Palestinian women and children in Gaza,” he added in the phone call.