On the night of 27 June, over 200 individuals demonstrated outside the Bahraini Embassy in west Baghdad. The protest was intended to denounce a two-day conference in Bahrain headed by the US government concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Demonstrators burned US, Israeli, and Bahraini flags before breaking into the courtyard of the embassy, removing the Bahraini flag, and replacing it with a Palestinian flag. “We took down the Bahraini flag to send a clear message to all those who participated in the Bahrain conference, that we strongly reject normalizing relations with the Zionist occupiers and will never abandon our support of Palestinians,” said one protester.
Police responded, firing into the air to disperse demonstrators after they initially refused to depart. The demonstration was confirmed to have concluded by 23:00, though security postures remained heightened in the area. A local source suggested that five security members were wounded as a result. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain condemns the attack on the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the Republic of Iraq by the demonstrators (which) led to sabotage in the embassy building,” a statement on the ministry’s website said. The government of Bahrain subsequently “decided to recall its ambassador … for consultations” and held Baghdad responsible for its embassy security.
This demonstration coincided with a two-day conference in Bahrain termed “Deal of the Century”, which aimed to rally support for a $50 billion US economic development plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The project was met with broad disdain from Palestinians and the majority of Arab countries, with Iraq abstaining from participating in the conference. Notably, neither the Israeli nor Palestinian governments attended the meeting. Palestinians have largely denounced the event, stating that it circumvents a political settlement based on a two-state solution and describing it as an attempt by US administration and some Middle East countries to destroy the Palestinian cause. Iran also condemned the US-led initiative.