Three others were injured by the armed attackers in the al-Baladiya district in the Iraqi capital's southeast on Monday.

Dalil al-Qasus, the Palestinian ambassador in Baghdad, told Aljazeera: "The incident comes in the context of the deteriorating security situation in Iraq.

"A group of unidentified armed forces have stormed the Palestinian residential compound in al-Baladiya district, opening fire at civilian residents."

Al-Qasus appealed to the Iraqi government to protect Palestinians living in Iraq.

Many Palestinians have left Iraq and moved to Syria since the fall of Saddam Hussein.

Policemen killed

In al-Iskandiriya, 40km south of Baghdad, two policemen and a civilian were killed when an armed opened fire on their car.

Three people died in separate attacks by armed men on a market in Baquba. A bomb outside a shop killed a policeman who had gone to recover one of the bodies; the blast also wounded five people.

In the north of the country, a security guard was killed and six other people wounded when an armed man shot at their vehicle.

Four more people were killed in three shootings at a market in al-Hawija, west of the northern city of Kirkuk.

Assailants in Baghdad also shot dead a security guard for Adnan al-Dulaimi, a Sunni politician, as he was standing by the road.

Clashes

In Mosul a policeman was killed and six people, four other officers and two anti-government fighters, injured during clashes. Another policeman and a civilian were wounded when a bomb exploded next to a patrol in the city. In a third incident Iraqi soldier killed three gunmen.

On Sunday, Nuri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, announced a national reconciliation plan aimed at reducing the sectarian violence in the country.