WATCH: Al-Sadr supporters storm Baghdad’s Republican palace after Iraqi leader quits

WATCH: Al-Sadr supporters storm Baghdad's Republican palace after Iraqi leader quits Credit: Twitter @AZmilitary1

Supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr, stormed Baghdad’s Republican Palace after the Iraqi Shia cleric announced he was quitting politics, as reported on Monday, August 29.

Footage of the al-Sadr supporters storming Baghdad’s Republican palace was shared on Twitter, with one user tweeting:

“🇮🇶In the presidential palace captured by supporters of Al-Sadr in Baghdad today, people began bathing in the presidential pool.”

“🇮🇶 – Someone escaping greenzone by helicopter per reports.Reports former Iraqi PM Noori al-Maliki escaped the Green zone. Pro-Iranians accuse security forces of not doing their jobs per al-Arabiya.Same with Wasit governorate.”

 

Further footage of al-Sadr protesters storming the Republican palace in Baghdad was shared on Twitter:

“Protesters in #Iraq seized the government house. This was shortly after the state of siege decreed to curb protests in #Baghdad came into effect.”

“🌎#WorldTuit #Iraq #InVideo #AlMomento Supporters of the Shia Sadrist Movement take over the Government Palace in Baghdad. #PeopleUnitedForPeace #Sadr #Chii #baghdad #Baghdad”

Hours earlier, al-Sadr took to Twitter to announce he was quitting politics, leaving the country without a new government:

“I’ve decided not to meddle in political affairs. I therefore announce now my definitive retirement.”

In addition the state news agency Iraqi News Agency (INA) reported that the army has announced a Baghdad-wide curfew to start from 3:30 pm (1230 GMT):

“A full curfew in the capital Baghdad affects all vehicles and citizens,” the Joint Operations Command said in a statement.

The news of al-Sadr supporters storming Baghdad’s Republican palace follows reports of a British geologist facing the death penalty in Iraq being sentenced to 15 years in prison.


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