Friday, April 19, 2024

Unrest in Iraqi Capital, Over 20 Dead After Shiite Cleric Announced to Quit Politics

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Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).

Following the announcement by influential Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr that he would leave politics, supporters swarmed a government palace and engaged in clashes with opposing groups, reportedly resulting in at least 23 fatalities and hundreds of injuries in the capital city of Iraq, Baghdad.

The Iraqi caretaker Prime Minister has appealed for peace and canceled cabinet meetings, and the military in Iraq has declared a countrywide curfew.

The Shiite cleric’s party won the majority of seats in parliament last October, but he has declined to enter into coalition talks with Shia parties supported by Iran.

According to local and foreign media, street fighting broke out overnight as combatants sprayed gunfire and tracer bullets lit up the night sky in some of the bloodiest violence to strike the Iraqi city in recent years.

According to the most recent death toll provided by Agence France Presse (AFP), at least 23 Iraqi people have been reported dead after being shot in Baghdad’s Green Zone.

Due to the deteriorating security situation, all official public working hours on Tuesday in all Iraqi provinces are suspended; the Iraqi News Agency reported citing the General Secretariat of the Iraqi Council of Ministers.

In response to Tuesday’s suspension of flights into Iraq, Iran is also reported to have blocked its land borders with the country experiencing turmoil.

Since Al-Sadr’s party won the highest number of seats in the October parliamentary elections but was unable to win a majority government, Iraq’s government has remained impasse and in terrible “unrest.”

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