Baghdad, Iraq – A minimum of 5 folks have been killed and dozens of others wounded in clashes between anti-government protesters and supporters of Shia chief Muqtada al-Sadr in southern Iraq.
The violence broke out on Wednesday at a protest camp within the holy metropolis of Najaf after al-Sadr’s supporters tried to forcibly take away demonstrators from the location, the place they have been holding a sit-in.
In line with Reuters Information Company, al-Sadr supporters – often known as the blue caps due to the headgear they usually put on – hurled petrol bombs at protesters’ tents and reside gunfire rang out shortly afterwards.
Ali al Bayati, of the Iraqi Excessive Fee for Human Rights advised Al Jazeera that no less than 5 folks have been killed and dozens extra have been wounded, whereas medics put the loss of life toll at six.
A Najaf resident advised Al Jazeera that the protest camp was fully emptied of demonstrators and had come underneath the management of pro-Sadr males and native police forces by dusk. A video posted on-line confirmed medics attending to no less than three wounded folks in a crowded hospital emergency room.
Faisal Stated al Mutar, founding father of youth empowerment organisation Concepts Past Borders, tweeted on Wednesday that his tent was burned down within the assault.
The lethal incident is the newest in a string of violent clashes between al-Sadr supporters and anti-government protesters, because the schism between the 2 teams continues to widen.
It got here simply hours after al-Sadr known as on his supporters to “come…