Kuwait calls on citizens in Iraq to be cautious as violence erupts.
04 September 2022, 12:00 AM
30 September 2022, 12:00 AM
The Kuwaiti Embassy in Iraq urged its citizens in Iraq to leave the country, Kuwait's state news agency (KUNA) reported late on Monday.
The embassy asked those wishing to travel to Iraq to postpone their plans, following the eruption of clashes between rival Shi'ite groups.
Heavy clashes erupted in Baghdad, killing almost 20 people on Monday, after powerful Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said he would quit politics, prompting his loyalists to storm a government palace and fight with rival groups.
As night fell, machine-gun fire and explosions rang out, with tracer fire rising into the sky above the Green Zone that houses government headquarters and foreign embassies, in the worst fighting the Iraqi capital has seen in years.
It followed a day of violence prompted by Sadr's announcement that he would withdraw from all political activity - a decision he said was in response to the failure of other Shi'ite leaders and parties to reform a corrupt and decaying governing system.
“The Kuwaiti embassy in Baghdad has advised nationals who are currently in Iraq to leave soon and those who were planning to travel to Iraq to adjourn their trips due to the unfolding situation there,” the statement on KUNA said.