Protests called by cleric turn deadly
Two rockets landed in Baghdad’s highly fortified Green Zone on Saturday night following clashes at antigovernment protests that left five dead, according to Iraqi security and hospital officials.
The rocket attack left no casualties, because the munitions landed on the parade grounds in the center of the compound that is home to Iraq’s government and most foreign embassies. It was not immediately clear who fired the projectiles.
Saturday’s protests — called by influential cleric Moqtada alSadr — and clashes that erupted as crowds pushed toward the Green Zone left two police officers and three protesters dead, police and hospital officials said.
The demonstrators demanded an overhaul of the commission overseeing local elections scheduled this year. Sadr has accused the commission of being riddled with corruption.