Iraqi top Shia cleric Sistani condemns anti-protests violence

Iraqi Shia Muslims march in support of Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. (File photo: AP)

Iraq’s top Shia Muslim cleric on Friday condemned deadly violence that killed protesters at sit-ins this week in the southern holy city of Najaf and said a new government must have the trust and support of the people.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani also called on security forces to protect anti-government demonstrators from any further attacks. His remarks were delivered by a representative during the Friday sermon in the holy city of Kerbala.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:05 - GMT 07:05