Iraqi security forces disperse Baghdad sit-in

Aborted rally organized by Iraq’s Sadrist movement to protest capital’s rapidly deteriorating security situation

Iraqi security forces disperse Baghdad sit-in

World Bulletin / News Desk

Iraqi security forces on Tuesday forcefully dispersed a two-day-old sit-in in Baghdad led by supporters of firebrand Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr to protest the capital’s deteriorating security situation, according to a local security source.

Protestors, many of whom were camped out in central Baghdad’s Al-Tahrir Square since Sunday, had called on the government to find a solution to the capital’s devastating security vacuum, which has featured deadly terrorist attacks on an almost daily basis.

Baghdad police officer Ahmed Khalaf told Anadolu Agency that baton-wielding riot police broke up the sit-in by force, dismantling protesters’ tents and reopening the nearby Sinak Bridge, which had been sealed off earlier by demonstrators.

In recent days and weeks, Baghdad has witnessed a series of deadly suicide attacks that have mainly targeted Baghdad’s Shia-majority eastern districts.

Last week, a suicide attack in Sadr City, a predominantly Shia suburb of the capital, left more than 30 people dead. A similar attack on Monday killed more than 11 people at a crowded vegetable market.

Since the beginning of the current year, the Iraqi army’s Baghdad Operations Command has been implementing a new security strategy, which reportedly relies on stepped-up intelligence to preempt attacks in the capital by the ISIL terrorist group.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Ocak 2017, 19:28