The Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr announces the “definitive withdrawal” from political life, the reaction of his supporters is unleashed, who raided the government building, located in the fortified area
The death toll of demonstrators killed in clashes in Baghdad’s Green Zone has risen to more than 14. They are supporters of the Shiite leader Muqtada al Sadr, while more than 350 others were injured in clashes that took place today in the Green Zone of the Iraqi capital. The violence erupted after al Sadr announced his retirement from the political scene and his supporters raided the Green Zone.
This morning, the Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr announced the “definitive withdrawal” from political life, in light of the political stalemate in the country, sparking the reaction of his supporters who broke into the building where the government usually meets, located in the fortified area in the center of the Iraqi capital. Clashes have arisen with pro-Iranian Shiite rivals of the Coordination Framework Alliance.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (Unami) called on protesters to “immediately leave the International Zone” of Baghdad, government buildings and asked them to “allow the government to continue (fulfill) its management responsibilities. of the state at the service of the Iraqi people “.
In a note Unami denounced today’s developments as an “extremely dangerous escalation” and underlined how “the institutions of the state must operate without impediments in the service of the Iraqi people at all times and in all circumstances”. “Respect for the constitutional order will now prove crucial”, he reads.
Unami asked “everyone to remain peaceful, collaborate with the security forces and refrain from actions that could lead to an unstoppable chain of events” with an appeal to “all political actors” to “work to reduce tensions” and to choose the “dialogue as the only means of resolving differences”. “Iraqis cannot be held hostage by an unpredictable and unsustainable situation – he concludes – The very survival of the state is at stake”.
“The news coming from Iraq is alarming”, said the spokesman for the National Security Council, John Kirby, recalling that the “security, stability and sovereignty” of the country “should not be jeopardized”.
“We urge those involved to remain calm, to refrain from violence and to pursue peaceful ways” to resolve the situation, he added, denying that the evacuation of the US embassy located in the Green Zone is underway.