Iraqi security forces have opened fire on protesters who stormed the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad.
Dozens of mainly Shi’ite demonstrators have been injured and security personal suffered stab wounds, according to the army.
The thousands involved in the uproar included supporters of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.
“We are committed to the orders of Moqtada al-Sadr, it’s a peaceful protest. It has become clear now who is behind the bombings in Sadr city, Kadhimiya and Adil neighbourhoods. Today, the Iraqi government has proved that it is a leader of terrorism,” said one of the supporters.
The Iraqi prime minister,Haider al-Abadi, condemned the attack and occupation of government facilities
“What happened today the storming of government’s facilities and tampering with public property, cannot be accepted the law must take its course with every transgressor,” he said.
It is the second time the government compound has been besieged amid calls for an end to government corruption and security failures.
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