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Baghdad, Iraq violence leaves at least 30 dead, cleric tells protesters to withdraw

Baghdad, Iraq violence leaves at least 30 dead, cleric tells protesters to withdraw

Influential cleric Muqtada al-Sadr calls on supporters to stop violent protests: 'This is not a revolution'

By Caitlin McFall | Fox News

At least 30 were confirmed dead in Iraq Tuesday as fighting continues in Baghdad following the resignation of a top Shiite leader Monday.

Gun fire has continued to ring out in the nation’s capital as leaders grapple with Iraq’s greatest political crisis since the U.S. invasion in 2003.

Protests once again erupted in Iraq’s Green Zone – the center of Iraqi government offices and foreign embassies – after Muqtada al-Sadr said he had had enough of politics and stepped down from his cleric role.

His resignation has sparked violent protests from his supporters who stormed the presidential palace Monday, just one month after they rushed the parliamentary building and held protests outside the Supreme Judicial Council demanding the dissolution of parliament and early elections.

Nationwide curfews were enacted this week and al-Sadr on Tuesday called on his loyalists to leave the Green Zone as more than 400 people have been injured as his supporters trade heavy fire with Iraqi security forces.

Iran announced border closures in an effort to prevent the chaos from creeping across its shared border with Iraq and Kuwait called on its citizens to leave Iraq immediately.

Full story https://www.foxnews.com/world/baghdad-iraq-violence-leaves-dead-cleric-tells-protesters-withdraw

 

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