Supporters of Moqtada Al Sadr protest against US troops’ presence in Baghdad on Friday. Reuters
Iraq’s spiritual leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani, urged both protesters and security forces on Friday to exercise “restraint” to keep renewed demonstrations from degenerating into “chaos.”
The death toll from protests this month has soared to 220, including dozens killed since Friday as they torched government buildings or offices.
By ignoring Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi’s call for the US to dispatch a team to Baghdad to establish a mechanism for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from his country,
Tensions have escalated between the two countries in recent months over a raft of issues, most recently over Russia amassing troops on its border with Ukraine.
The number of new infections in a day has more than doubled since early April, with a cumulative total 14.1 million cases. Deaths stood at 1,038, taking the total to 173,123, the data showed.
Abu Bakr Mosque is one of the oldest heritage buildings in the middle of the old Al Kut neighbourhood in Al Hofuf, Al Ahsa. Distinguished by its construction in a unique architectural style, the mosque was built of mud, pebbles and logs of palm wood.
Medical workers, some of whom have been at the forefront of the campaign against the coup, gathered in the second city of Mandalay early but troops soon arrived to disperse them, opening fire and detained some people, the Mizzima news agency said.