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Iraq: 4 officers injured in rocket fire from Baghdad’s green zone


BAGHDAD — Four Katyusha rockets landed in the heavily fortified government area of ​​Baghdad’s Green Zone on Wednesday, injuring four security personnel, Iraqi state news reported.

The rockets landed as parliament voted to keep President Mohammed Halbousi in office, rejecting his request to resign. Halbousi was originally nominated for the post by parliamentarians backed by influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Al-Sadr’s 73 MPs resigned last June in protest at the political deadlock.

The Iraqi army said in a statement earlier that one rocket landed near the parliament building, another near the parliament guest house and a third at a crossroads near the Judiciary Council. Two security officials told The Associated Press that the fourth rocket also landed near parliament. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

The United States has often accused Iran-backed militias of firing rockets into the Green Zone.

Interim Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi’s officer said in a statement that security forces were pursuing the attackers who fired the rockets and asked protesters to remain peaceful.

Earlier, al-Sadr supporters attempted to storm Baghdad’s Green Zone government area on Wednesday as Iraq’s parliament held a session on the resignation of its president.

PA reporters saw those supporting al-Sadr waving flags as security forces gathered around them. They managed to break through a security barrier on a bridge leading to the heavily fortified area but were unable to proceed any further.

Al-Sadr’s bloc won the most votes in last October’s parliamentary elections, but failed to form a majority government. His supporters stormed parliament in late July to prevent rivals from Iran-backed Shiite groups from forming a government.

With subsequent rallies, clashes with security forces, counter-rallys and a sit-in outside parliament, the government formation process has stalled.

Al-Sadr has called for the dissolution of parliament and a snap election and has been in a power struggle with his Iran-backed rivals since the vote.

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