Supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr clash with security forces in Iraq: At least 20 dead

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At least 20 people were killed in clashes outside the Parliament between security forces and Shiite militias supporting Sadr Movement leader Muqtada es-Sadr in Iraq’s capital Baghdad. Clashes are reported in the cities of Basra, Najaf, Nasiriyah and Hilla, as well as in the Green Zone, where government buildings and foreign embassies are located in Baghdad.

Some foreigners in the Green Zone were also caught in the middle of street clashes. Dutch Embassy staff moved to Germany’s diplomatic representation.

One of Iraq’s influential politicians, Shiite cleric Muqtada es-Sadr announced yesterday that he left politics completely and closed his political office, and his supporters raided the Presidential Palace.

Es-Sadr announced that he was going on a hunger strike until the violence in the country stopped.

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