Early this morning, hundreds of protesters have stormed the Iraq parliament in Baghdad, after breaching the heavily fortified wall around the formerly U.S.-held "Green Zone."
The Iraq parliament was shut down this morning after hundreds of protesters broke into the building, causing a political crisis throughout Iraq. The protesters are supporters of Iraqi Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, reports Reuters.
The protests in Baghdad come just hours after a suicide bomber drove a truck into a gathering of Shiite Muslims in Southeastern Baghdad, killing 19 people, and wounding 48 others. After the suicide bombing, the U.S. embassy in Iraq was locked down, with foreign diplomats – who live and work in the heavily secured "Green Zone" – from other countries making similar moves, locking down their embassy compounds.
The situation in Iraq is rapidly deteriorating. As of this reporting, protesters have reportedly taken control of the Iraq parliament building, Iraqi security forces have locked down other government buildings and foreign embassies, including the U.S. embassy, moving heavily armored vehicles to protect sensitive locations in the "Green Zone."