Iraq.. “The Sadrists” withdraw from the vicinity of the Green Zone in Baghdad after Muqtada al-Sadr’s call and the lifting of the curfew

Iraq.. “The Sadrists” withdraw from the vicinity of the Green Zone in Baghdad after Muqtada al-Sadr’s call and the lifting of the curfew

8-30-2022

Iraq.. The Sadrists withdraw from the vicinity of the Green Zone in Baghdad after Muqtada al-Sadrs call and the lifting of the curfewAl-Jazeera correspondent in Baghdad reported that supporters of the Sadrist movement withdrew from the vicinity of the Green Zone, after the movement’s leader Muqtada al-Sadr addressed a letter to his supporters and gave them 60 minutes to withdraw from the parliament and cancel the sit-in.

The reporter also reported that the Joint Operations Command decided to lift the curfew in Baghdad and the provinces, while the Iraqi Ministry of Education announced the resumption of official exams tomorrow.

An Iraqi medical source told Al-Jazeera – today, Tuesday – that 30 people were killed and 700 others were injured as a result of the clashes that took place in the Green Zone in Baghdad since yesterday, including 110 members of the security forces.

Al-Jazeera correspondent reported that sirens sounded at the American embassy in Baghdad early this morning, and the “C-RAM” air defense system was activated twice, and it is an American system used to defend areas of great importance from the types of missiles and missiles that may exposed to it.

Clashes erupted with light and medium weapons inside the Green Zone. The headquarters of Sawt Al-Ahd Radio and Al-Ahd Channel Two – which are affiliated with the Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq Brigades – in the Baladiyat area, east of Baghdad, were attacked with RPGs.

Well-informed sources told Al Jazeera that there were negotiations between government officials and leaders in the coordination framework and the Sadrist movement to reach an agreement that would avoid the country sliding into a cycle of violence.

In a tweet on Twitter, Iraqi President Barham Salih said that the blood of Iraqis is a red line, and the Prime Minister announced the suspension of official working hours today, Tuesday, in all governorates.

Clashes
The head of the resigned Sadrist Parliamentary bloc, Hassan al-Adari, said in a tweet on Twitter that al-Sadr had announced a hunger strike until the violence and use of weapons stopped.

Video clips showed clashes with light and medium weapons inside the Green Zone in Baghdad.

Al-Jazeera office director Walid Ibrahim reported hearing 13 explosions in the Green Zone in the Iraqi capital, describing what is happening as the real war, as violent clashes took place in the Green Zone, and flames escalated in different areas of it.

Ibrahim added that the clashes took place between the Sadrist movement and the coordination framework, which possess armed militias and enormous military capabilities.

In turn, the French news agency said that at least 7 mortar shells landed on Monday evening in the Green Zone, which includes government headquarters and embassies.

Sirens
The Iraqi media said that the sirens sounded at the American embassy in Baghdad after a mortar shell landed near it, and confirmed the evacuation of the Dutch embassy headquarters in the Green Zone and the transfer of its employees to the German embassy.

Al-Jazeera correspondent reported that heavy shooting took place near the Iraqi parliament inside the Green Zone, and heavy shooting in Basra, coinciding with the entry into force of a comprehensive curfew in all Iraqi governorates.

And the Iraqi News Agency said that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi directed to prevent the use of bullets and shooting at demonstrators from any security party, and also directed the opening of an urgent investigation into the events of the Green Zone, calling on the security forces to protect the demonstrators.

Al-Jazeera correspondent Salam Hindawi stated that large numbers of supporters of the Sadrist movement withdrew from the Green Zone.

Governmental Palace
The Iraqi security forces had announced that they had regained full control of the government palace headquarters after the Sadrist movement’s supporters were removed from it by force.

Al-Jazeera correspondent in Baghdad, Samer Yousef, said that the security forces fired heavily inside the Green Zone, and were able to control the palace after expelling the demonstrators from it.

The reporter added that the security forces stopped Al Jazeera crew members for a few minutes and smashed their camera, before expelling them from the vicinity of the government palace.
The state of maximum alert
, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi also decided to suspend the cabinet sessions until further notice due to demonstrators entering the council’s headquarters, and announced a state of maximum alert in Baghdad for all security forces.

The Iraqi Prime Minister – while presiding over an emergency meeting of the security leaders at the headquarters of the joint operations – called on the security leaders to fully commit to protecting the lives of demonstrators and preserving public and private property.

Al-Kazemi called – in a statement – for the demonstrators to immediately withdraw from the Green Zone and abide by the instructions of the security forces, and Muqtada al-Sadr called for help in calling on the demonstrators to withdraw from government institutions.

The Iraqi Prime Minister said that the protesters’ bypassing state institutions is a condemned act and outside the legal contexts, criticizing what he called the persistence of the political dispute to the point of harming all state institutions.

Iraqi Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi said that what the country witnessed portends a great danger, while the President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, Masrour Barzani, called on all political parties to exercise restraint and not allow the situation to spiral out of control more than it is.

As for Hoshyar Zebari, a leader in the Kurdistan Democratic Party and a former foreign minister, he said that what happened in Baghdad (yesterday) was a cumulative result of arbitrary and short-sighted judicial policies, interests and decisions.

For his part, Haider al-Abadi, the former prime minister and head of the Iraqi victory coalition, called for calm, restraint, and not being drawn into sedition.

In turn, the leader of the Iraqi National Coalition, Iyad Allawi, said that there is no way to solve the political crisis except through national dialogue.

The coordination framework in Iraq also called on the Sadrist movement to return to the dialogue table, saying that everyone should stave off sedition, give priority to the language of reason and dialogue, and spare the country chaos and bloodshed.

Iraqi President Barham Salih called on the demonstrators to withdraw from official institutions, and to allow the security forces to carry out their duties.

Outside Baghdad
and outside the capital, supporters of the Sadrist movement stormed the parliament office in the southern province of Karbala, as pictures showed Sadrist supporters besieging the Court of Appeal in the federal province of Maysan, southeast of Iraq.

Iraqi security officials said that Sadr’s supporters were blocking the entrances to Umm Qasr port in Basra province.

Al-Jazeera correspondent said that supporters of the Sadrist movement closed the headquarters of the Dhi Qar Governorate building in the city of Nasiriyah.

Al-Sadr’s supporters also stormed the headquarters of Diyala province, east of the capital, Baghdad, and pictures broadcast by activists showed dozens of them wandering inside the corridors of the province’s headquarters.

In Wasit Governorate, Sadr’s supporters stormed the governorate building, and took control of it completely.

Al -Sadr’s retirement The
crisis erupted when Muqtada Al-Sadr announced – on Monday morning – his final retirement from political life and the closure of his institutions.

Al-Sadr said – in a statement posted on his official account on Twitter – that he will close “all institutions except the Holy Shrine, the Noble Museum and the honorable Al-Sadr Heritage Authority.”

And he continued, “Everyone is free from me, and if I die or are killed, I ask you Al-Fatihah and supplication.”

As stated in the statement by Muqtada al-Sadr, “I have never claimed infallibility or diligence, not even leadership. Rather, I enjoin good and forbid evil, and to God is the consequence of matters, and I only wanted to straighten out the distortion, which was the biggest cause of which was the Shiite political forces as the majority, and what I just wanted to bring her closer to her people and feel their suffering.”

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