Live fire in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone

AFP , Monday 29 Aug 2022

Live fire rocked Baghdad's Green Zone on Monday after hundreds of supporters of Shia Muslim cleric Moqtada Sadr stormed the government building in the fortified area, an AFP journalist said.

Baghdad, Iraq
Supporters of Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr gather outside the Government Headquarters in the capital Baghdad s Green Zone, on August 29, 2022. AFP


Witnesses told AFP that the shots were fired by supporters of a rival Shiite bloc, the pro-Iran Coordination Framework, hours after Sadr announced his "definitive retirement" from politics amid a protracted political crisis.

Security forces also fired tear gas to disperse the Sadrists at the entrance to the Green Zone, a security source told AFP.

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