Combating between rival Iraqi forces raged for a second day Tuesday with rocket fireplace echoing from Baghdad’s Inexperienced Zone the place 23 supporters of highly effective Shiite chief Moqtada Sadr have been shot lifeless, medics stated.
Tensions have soared in Iraq amid a political disaster that has left the nation with out a new authorities, prime minister or president for months, and escalated sharply after Sadr’s supporters on Monday afternoon stormed the federal government palace following their chief’s announcement that he was quitting politics.
The violence pitches backers of Sadr in opposition to rival Shiite factions backed by neighbouring Iran.
In a single day, shelling focused the high-security Inexperienced Zone that homes authorities buildings and diplomatic missions, a safety supply stated, amid offended protests after Sadr’s shock announcement.
No less than seven shells fell within the high-security Inexperienced Zone, the safety supply stated on situation of anonymity, nevertheless it was not instantly clear who was accountable.