Iraq’s national news agency INA claimed on Monday that Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr will go on a hunger strike unless the violence and use of firearms by protesters stops.
Earlier, hundreds of al-supporters Sadr’s stormed the main cabinet office in Baghdad’s Green Zone as he announced his formal resignation from politics.
Conflicts broke out between supporters of the factions backed by Iran and those of al-Sadr. To disperse the protesters, police intervened and used tear gas.
Gunshots were heard in the Green Zone, and according to medics who spoke to AFP, 12 al-Sadr supporters were killed and at least 270 were injured.
At 7:00 p.m. (1600 GMT), the military of Iraq declared a nationwide curfew, and Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi halted cabinet meetings.