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UN Calls for Calm After Violent Mass Break-in of Iraq's Government Buildings

“Restoring calm is key for Iraq to be able to move forward in finding a political solution”

Voice of America reporting: The situation in Baghdad’s fortified International Zone became increasingly volatile Saturday, following Friday’s violence by protesters who stormed the area in spite of tear gas and bullets being fired at them.

The most prevalent sound in the air was the one of the helicopters, with the majority of them heading in and out of the highly secured section where Iraq’s government buildings are located.

Most of the protestors follow the Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who, like many other Iraq’s prominent political figures, has an armed militia at his disposal locally known as the ‘Peace Brigades.'

Sadr has come out in support of what he describes as the people’s “revolution” against the government. And this revolution could be a bloody one as promised by the demonstrators fleeing the gunfire and tear gas Friday afternoon, some carrying their injured friends away from the IZ. They vowed to return – but with weapons.

As of now, Baghdad’s security forces have blocked all the entrances to the International Zone and doubled their numbers on city streets.

But judging by how some Baghdad residents began to stockpile food, medicine, and other supplies, in fear that the situation will get worse with time, it’s entirely possible that the conflict might escalate into a civil war.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi condemned the protest, after the crowd broke into several government buildings, including the prime minister’s office.

“Storming into state institutions and tampering with public property cannot be accepted and tolerated,” he said.

One resident of a densely populated and impoverished pro-Sadr area of Baghdad said the country did not need two wars.

“We already have a war against Islamic State and this is more important,” said Ali, speaking on condition his last name not be used.

“If we start a war against the government, we will have two wars, and this is not good for us. First, we should resolve the fight against IS,” referring to the Islamic State militant group.

However, it’s not clear if the majority shares this point of view with Abadi’s leadership being seen as weak. His previous denunciation of protesters who forced their way into the IZ three weeks ago to take over parliament have been clearly ignored.

The prime minister’s attempts to ease tensions by restructuring the government also have failed and he has been unable to pull together the different political factions squabbling for power.

The U.N. Special Envoy to Iraq called for a de-escalation of the situation.

“Restoring calm is key for Iraq to be able to move forward in finding a political solution,” Jan Kubis said in a statement released Saturday.

But despite all the efforts, the future seems bleaker and bleaker for Iraq with each passing day.

By Stefan Paraber for GIA

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