Iraq declares curfew in Baghdad until further notice

Last Updated: Oct 03 2019 18:30
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BAGHDAD- Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced late on Wednesday that Iraq is declaring a curfew in Baghdad starting early on Thursday until further notice.

The announcement took place after 2 days of nationwide anti-government protests turned violent.

"Statement from the commander-in-chief of the armed forces: all vehicles and individuals are totally forbidden to move in Baghdad as of 5 am today, Thursday, and until further notice," Abdul Mahdi said in a statement.

According to the statement, travellers to and from Baghdad airport, ambulances, government employees in hospitals, electricity, and water departments, and religious pilgrims are exempt from the curfew.