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According to the Finnish Army, the Finnish peacekeepers survived the missile strike on Tuesday night where Iran targeted two military bases stationed by American troops and its coalition forces.

“The Finnish peacekeepers have been reached and they are intact,” the Army said on Twitter.

There are about 80 Finnish peacekeepers in Iraq.

Iran fired over a dozen ballistic missiles, said the US Department of Defense.

Finland has peacekeeping units in the other attacked base located in Erbil, northern Iraq.

 So far, no casualties have been reported.

“Iran took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense under Article 51 of UN Charter targeting base from which cowardly armed attack against our citizens & senior officials were launched,” the Iranian defense minister, Javad Zarif, said on Twitter early on Wednesday morning.

Tensions between the US and Iran have escalated in recent weeks. Last Friday, Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, a leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, was killed in an American drone strike, after which Iran swore vengeance for the general’s death.

“We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression,” Minister Zarif added in the tweet on Wednesday.

Editorial Team