Sadr supporters storm Iraq's Republican Palace

Army announces Baghdad-wide curfew after cleric's announcement of retirement from politics



Supporters of Shia cleric Muqtada Al Sadr topple a concrete barrier in the Green Zone area of Baghdad, Iraq, on Monday. — AP
Supporters of Shia cleric Muqtada Al Sadr topple a concrete barrier in the Green Zone area of Baghdad, Iraq, on Monday. — AP

By AFP

Published: Mon 29 Aug 2022, 4:49 PM

Dozens of supporters of powerful Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr on Monday stormed the Republican Palace, a ceremonial building inside Baghdad's fortified Green Zone of government buildings, a security source said.

Angry protesters "entered the Republican Palace" shortly after Sadr said he was quitting politics, the source said, with several thousand other Sadr loyalists heading towards the Green Zone, an AFP journalist reported.

The army has announced a Baghdad-wide curfew to start from 3:30 pm (1230 GMT).


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