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Rockets hit Baghdad’s Green Zone after protests turn violent

The protests turned violent as crowds pushed toward the Green Zone, leaving at least two policemen dead and dozens of security forces and protesters injured.

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Followers of Iraq’s influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr chant slogans as they wave national flags during a demonstration against corruption in Baghdad, Iraq. (Source: AP)

Iraqi security officials say two rockets have landed in Baghdad’s highly fortified Green Zone following clashes at anti-government protests called for by influential cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. The security officials say there were no casualties as the rockets landed today night on the parade grounds in the center of the highly fortified Baghdad compound that is home to Iraq’s government and most foreign embassies.

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The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information to the media. On Saturday’s protests turned violent as crowds pushed toward the Green Zone, leaving at least two policemen dead and dozens of security forces and protesters injured.

The rocket attack follows a statement from al-Sadr’s office claiming that “excessive force” was used against the demonstrators and threatened greater protests.

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