Four rockets hit the Green Zone in Baghdad

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Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – The Iraqi Security Media Cell (ISMC) reported on Tuesday that the Green Zone in the capital, Baghdad, was hit by four missiles.

The ISMC mentioned in a statement that the Green Zone of Baghdad was bombarded by four missiles which caused damage to the buildings of the residential complex, according to the Iraqi News Agency (INA).

The statement added that the locations where the missiles were fired were the neighborhoods of Al-Habibiya and Al-Baladiyat, east of the capital, Baghdad.

According to Al-Arabiya News.

Footage posted by social media activists showed the C-RAM air defense system activating.

The Green Zone in central Baghdad witnessed a huge fire and smoke following heavy explosions caused by mortar shells from an unknown source. Clashes escalated and footage showed gunmen using RPGs and heavy machine guns.

20 people were killed, more than 300 were injured, an Iraqi soldier was killed and other security personnel were injured in the clashes between demonstrators belonging to different parties.

The Joint Operations Command announced in a statement a full curfew in all governorates of Iraq from Monday until further notice.

Dozens of Muqtada Al-Sadr supporters burst into Baghdad’s Green Zone shortly after he announced his retirement from political work, and police used water cannons to disperse protesters where the building is located government and foreign embassies.

Social media activists posted footage of Iraqi security forces entering the presidential palace in the Green Zone after protesters left.

Al-Sadr’s announcement to step down from political work came earlier on Monday after the expiry of the 72-hour deadline he gave the Supreme Court last Friday to dissolve parliament.

The United Nations and several international parties have called on Iraqi leaders and armed militias to exercise restraint and not be drawn into violence.

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