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Rockets hit central Baghdad for second day in escalating unrest

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Four rockets fired from japanese Baghdad on Thursday landed across the Iraqi capital’s Green Zone, home to authorities buildings and international missions, police mentioned, as political unrest intensified.

There had been no speedy studies of casualties from the strikes and no declare of accountability, two cops mentioned. Quite a lot of Shi’ite Muslim militant teams have places of work and supporters in japanese Baghdad.

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An identical assault on Wednesday wounded seven members of the Iraqi safety forces within the Green Zone, and appeared so as to add a brand new dimension to a contest amongst power-hungry politicians.

Rocket assaults on the Green Zone have been common lately however they’re usually directed at Western targets by Iran-backed militia teams.

Those assaults have been uncommon in current months. Wednesday’s assault happened as parliament was holding a vote to verify its speaker.

2 minute learnSeptember 29, 202210:46 AM GMT+5Last Updated an hour in the past

Rockets hit central Baghdad for second day in escalating unrest

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BAGHDAD, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Four rockets fired from japanese Baghdad on Thursday landed across the Iraqi capital’s Green Zone, home to authorities buildings and international missions, police mentioned, as political unrest intensified.

There had been no speedy studies of casualties from the strikes and no declare of accountability, two cops mentioned. Quite a lot of Shi’ite Muslim militant teams have places of work and supporters in japanese Baghdad.

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An identical assault on Wednesday wounded seven members of the Iraqi safety forces within the Green Zone, and appeared so as to add a brand new dimension to a contest amongst power-hungry politicians.

Rocket assaults on the Green Zone have been common lately however they’re usually directed at Western targets by Iran-backed militia teams.

Those assaults have been uncommon in current months. Wednesday’s assault happened as parliament was holding a vote to verify its speaker.

The political disaster has left Iraq and not using a authorities for nearly a yr after elections final October.

The disaster broadly pits the highly effective populist Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a political, spiritual and militia chief, towards an array of principally Iran-aligned political and militant teams.

Sadr, the largest winner of the election, withdrew all his lawmakers from parliament in June and has sworn to not let parliament convene, fearing different events will kind a authorities with out him.

The standoff spiralled into avenue clashes killing dozens of individuals in central Baghdad in August. Many Iraqis fear the identical may occur once more.

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