Curfew slapped on Baghdad after Green Zone breach

2016-05-20 20:01
A badly injured protester is taken for treatment outside Baghdad's Green Zone. (Karim Kadim, AP)

A badly injured protester is taken for treatment outside Baghdad's Green Zone. (Karim Kadim, AP)

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Baghdad - An open-ended curfew was declared in Baghdad on Friday after supporters of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr stormed the Green Zone for the second time in three weeks, authorities said.

"Curfew on Baghdad until further notice," read a statement which was released by the Joint Operations Command and also relayed by state television.

Residents told AFP that security forces were turning vehicles away, asking shop-owners to close down and blocking streets with concrete blast walls.

A police colonel said the measure was chiefly designed to prevent any deployment by Sadr's militia Saraya al-Salam.

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