Iraqi government to investigate killing of protesters in Baghdad

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi addresses public on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, May 13, 2021. (Photo” Iraqi PM office)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The killing of the protesters will be investigated, said caretaker Prime Minister of Iraq Mustafa al-Kadhimi amid delivering a remark to the Iraqi people on Tuesday concerning Baghdad’s previous deadly events.    

An intense clash between rival Shiite groups erupted on Monday and continued until Tuesday noon around Baghdad’s international Green Zone where houses of vital government institutions including the Presidential palace and the foreign embassies.

So far no confirmation has been made by the Iraqi health officials about the precise number of reported deaths during armed clashes in the Iraqi capital, but medics said, 23 people were killed at least.

“We have reached this situation because of the political rivalry” Prime Minister Kadhimi said in the remarks. “We will investigate the killing of the protesters” Kadhimi added.

While stressing holding weapons by the state only Kahimi said that an investigation committee has been formed to find out who was behind delivering armories to the rival groups and shot the protesters.

“Weapon shall be in the hand of the state only, and action is required rather than slogan or speech,” He said.

Kadhimi called “Dialogue” the solution by reaffirming political rivalry for trigging the current situation in the country, and he underscored his readiness to “vacate his post” if the political chaos persists.

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