a rocket lands in front of the Parliament building – RT in French

In the midst of a political crisis between rival factions, the Green Zone of Baghdad was hit by three rockets, including one near the Parliament which was in session. The attack injured seven police officers.

Three rockets fell on September 28 on the Green Zone in the Iraqi capital, injuring seven security forces, according to a press release from the security services. “A rocket fell in front of the Parliament building,” said the press release from a joint security force cell.

Parliament then held a session during which 222 deputies, out of the 235 gathered, voted against the resignation of the speaker of parliament, the influential Mohamed al-Halboussi. “The number of wounded among the security forces has risen to seven”, further specified this cell, after giving an initial assessment of four wounded, including an officer. No information was immediately given on the perpetrators of the shootings.

The three rockets fell on different areas of the Green Zone, a neighborhood housing Western embassies and government institutions that is often targeted by rocket fire, or sometimes mobbed by angry protesters.

An insoluble political crisis

Iraq has been plunged for several months into a serious political crisis which sometimes degenerates into violence. The impasse is total, while the barons of politics have been clashing since the legislative elections of October 2021 over the name of the next Prime Minister and his method of appointment.

The influential Shiite leader Moqtada Sadr calls for an immediate dissolution of Parliament and early legislative elections. Opposite, the Coordination Framework, an alliance of pro-Iranian Shiite factions, wants the establishment of a government before any election.

On August 29, tensions peaked when supporters of Sadr clashed with the army and men from Hachd al-Chaabi, former pro-Iran paramilitaries integrated into the regular troops, and who are politically opposed to the Sadrists. More than 30 Sadrist partisans died in these fights.

Hundreds of supporters of Moqtada Sadr demonstrated in a square in central Baghdad, denouncing the holding of this parliamentary session, the first organized since the violence of August 29. And since a sadrist sit-in briefly installed at the end of July in the precincts of Parliament.

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