Iraqi protesters breach Green Zone in Baghdad amid political deadlock

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Followers of Iraq’s influential cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Wednesday broke into Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone and parliament building to demand political reforms amid a months-long deadlock in the country, witnesses said. Security officers in the Green Zone – which houses the parliament, government buildings and foreign embassies – fired smoke bombs to disperse the demonstrators, who were nevertheless still able to stream into its streets. Witnesses reported casualties among the protesters due to gunfire from unknown people inside the zone. Iraqi portal Alsumari News quoted a security sources …

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