The death toll from the riots that have taken place since Monday in Baghdad after the announcement of the “Definitive” resignation of the policy of the influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr increased this Tuesday to 35while the number of wounded exceeds 250reported to Eph a security source.
“The death toll from the riots increased to 35 and more than 250 people were injured”indicated a source from the Baghdad Operations Command, who requested anonymity.
The violent demonstrations in Baghdad and other parts of the country have continued throughout the night after yesterday Al Sadr announced his definitive withdrawal from politicswhich caused thousands of his followers to take to the streets and storm the Presidential Palace and the Government headquarters.
Also, Iraqi Security Forces said today that four missiles hit the Green Zone in Baghdad and that they were launched from a populous majority Shiite area in the east of the capital.
Baghdad is the center of the riots and the Green Zonethe fortified area of Baghdad that houses the main government buildings such as the Presidential Palace and the Government Palace, it has become a battlefield.
The clashes that broke out on Monday pitted Sadr’s supporters against Iranian-backed Shia factionswith exchange of fire from barricades of both sides
This Tuesday, supporters of Al Sadr began to withdraw from Baghdad’s Green Zone after the Shiite leader called for an end to clashes with the army. Minutes later, the army lifted the curfew that had been decreed throughout the country.
Sadr, a preacher with millions of followers who after the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003, led a militia against the occupiers, gave his supporters “60 minutes” to withdrawafter which he threatened to “disavow” those who stayed.
Iraq remains under tension due to a political crisis that has left the country without a government, prime minister or president since the October 2021 legislative elections.
Sadr, a key man on the political scene in the war-torn country although he was never directly in government, He had called on “all parties,” including his own, to resign from government positions over the weekend to help resolve the political crisis.
Before his announcement on Monday, Sadr, a highly influential and unpredictable leader, had been mounting pressure in recent weeks and for a month his supporters have camped outside Parliament and even briefly blocked access to the country’s highest judicial body.
(With information from EFE and AFP)
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