Muqtada al-Sadr calls for a state of emergency in Iraq

The leader of the Sadr faction in Iraq called for a state of emergency and the use of the army to provide security for civilians and representatives of foreign missions after a rocket attack on Baghdad’s Green Zone on Sunday night.

The Iraqi Ministry of Defense announced Sunday night that the Green Zone, which includes the US embassy and diplomatic missions, had been hit by a missile, ISNA reported quoting Anatoly.

In a statement, Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of the Sadr faction in Iraq, said in a statement that targeting civilians under the pretext of resisting militant occupation was a rejection.

“No one has the right to use weapons outside the framework of the government, and the government must declare a state of emergency in Baghdad and use the army exclusively to protect civilians and diplomatic missions, and I am ready to cooperate fully in providing security,” Sadr added. “I’m safe.”

The leader of the Sadr faction in Iraq continued: “Anyone who uses weapons outside the framework of the government and collective decisions is a terrorist or outlawed.”

In a statement, Sadr advised the US embassy in Baghdad not to respond to such missile strikes.

In the statement, he called on the Iraqi parliament to negotiate with the US embassy in Baghdad to end its US military presence.

The US embassy in the Green Zone of Baghdad was attacked by rockets on Sunday night.

According to security sources, 11 Katyusha rockets hit the Green Zone of Baghdad, and in response, C_RAM defense systems based at the US Embassy were activated, and American helicopters flew over the area.

Several buildings and vehicles were damaged in tonight’s attack, which took place at around 9pm Baghdad time. No casualties have been reported so far.

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