Media: the death toll in the crackdown on protests in Baghdad has reached eight

Protests in Baghdad

The death toll in the crackdown by the security forces of protests by supporters of influential Shiite politician Moqtada al-Sadr has reached eight, the TV channel Al Arabiya, citing sources.

Earlier media reported two dead and 19 wounded in the unrest in the “green zone” of Baghdad on Monday.”The number of people killed in clashes in the “green zone” made up of eight people,” – said the TV channel.

Earlier, Iraqi security forces took full control of the Republican Palace in Baghdad, captured on Monday, supporters of al-Sadr. It was reported that security forces had used tear gas. The channel also cited witnesses on the wounded protesters from the fire by unknown.

Hundreds of supporters of al-Sadr after his resignation from politics broke into a “green zone” of Baghdad. Protesters also broke into the Republican Palace – the headquarters of the government of Iraq, located in the “green zone” where there have been clashes between them and the forces of law and order.

The Iraqi authorities were forced to enter 19: 00 local time (same as GMT) curfew throughout the country until further notice.