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    At least 30 dead in clashes in Iraq after Al Sadr’s withdrawal from political life

    Members of Saraya al-Salam in Baghdad – Ameer Al-Mohammedawi/dpa

    MADRID, 30 Aug. (EUROPA PRESS) –

    At least 30 people have died and 700 people have been injured in Iraq after the serious clashes that have broken out in the country after it became known that the Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr is retiring from political life, according to sources collected by Al Jazeera.

    Al Sadr has given an ultimatum to the protesters to withdraw in less than an hour from the Green Zone in Baghdad, where the main government and diplomatic institutions are located, according to the NINA news agency.

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    “Regardless of who started the fight yesterday, I walk with my head down and apologize to the Iraqi people, who are the only ones affected by what is happening,” the Shiite cleric explained, adding that his retirement from politics is “definitive.” .

    After his words, the Shafaq news portal has reported that the protesters have begun to leave the Green Zone of the capital, while the authorities have decided to lift the nationwide curfew that was decreed less than 24 hours ago.

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    In the context of the clashes, the Iranian Ministry of the Interior has announced the closure of the land borders with Iraq until further notice and has recommended its citizens not to visit the country, according to the IRNA news agency.

    The Iranian Embassy in Baghdad has asked Iranians currently in Iraq to avoid traveling to the capital, as well as the cities of Kadhimiya and Samarra. In addition, Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport has already begun to cancel flights with Iraq.

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    Iran thus joins the embassies of different countries, such as Canada and Turkey, which have also begun to issue warnings to their citizens in the face of the escalation of violence in the country due to the protests that have broken out in Baghdad and have spread to other parts of the country, such as Basra.

    Members of Saraya al Salam have been involved in clashes in recent hours with Iranian-backed militias and have thrown grenades around the Green Zone.

    Source: Europa Press


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