Armed clashes took place on the night of Thursday, September 1 in the city of Basra in southeastern Iraq. It is reported by Al Jazeera TV channel.
As a result of the riots, one person died and two others were injured.
It is noted that the governor of Basra, Asaad al-Eidani, instructed representatives of law enforcement agencies to stop violations and ensure the safety of the population. He later said that the situation was brought under control.
According to available information, the cause of the clashes was the assassination of the leader of the Saraya al-Salam (Peace Forces) brigade subordinate to Muqtada al-Sadr. The second side of the conflict was the members of the Shiite people’s militia “Al-Hashd al-Shaabi”.
At the same time, fierce battles between the aforementioned groups continue in the “green zone” of Baghdad. Opponents, according to Middle Eastern media, use mortars and heavy machine guns.
On August 29, the death toll from armed clashes in the center of the Iraqi capital rose to 30 people. More than 700 citizens were injured.
Thousands of Iraqis protested against the resignation of the popular Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr. As a result of violent clashes with the army and political rivals of al-Sadr, people received gunshot wounds and were exposed to tear gas.
On the eve of that day, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazimi decided to suspend the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, due to the fact that protesters broke into the government headquarters in Baghdad.
In the capital of Iraq at the end of July, protests by supporters of al-Sadr resumed. Then the protesters in Baghdad entered the territory of the parliament in order to express their disagreement with the nomination of the candidacy of Muhammad al-Sudani for the post of prime minister of the country. The protests began after the Iraqi parliament failed to approve a new council of ministers to replace the previous one, which is accused of corruption.