Iraq: Clashes in Baghdad’s Green Zone leave 23 protesters dead

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Fighting between rival Iraqi forces resumed Tuesday in Baghdad, where 23 supporters of Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr have been shot dead since Monday, according to the latest toll by medics.

At least 380 people were also injured, the medical source said.

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Clashes between al-Sadr's supporters and the army and men of the Tehran-backed Hashed al-Shaabi, former paramilitaries integrated into the Iraqi forces, had calmed down overnight but resumed again on Tuesday morning.

Automatic weapon and rocket fire echoed throughout Baghdad from the high-security Green Zone, which houses government buildings and diplomatic missions, AFP correspondents reported.

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