Security forces have killed at least one person so far in the violent crackdown on Iraqi protesters in Dhi Qhar Province. On a different note, five katyusha rockets have been fired at the US Embassy in Baghdad.
Dozens of protesters stormed the US Embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday following US strikes that targeted a pro-Iranian militia group in the country. The US say the strike was a response to a prior attack by the militia that took place on Friday.
Following the launch of a Katyusha rocket on Baghdad's Green Zone near the American embassy, Iraqi Politicians, clerics and militia chiefs say Iraq does not want a war between Tehran and Washington on its soil.
The parliamentary summit in Baghdad this weekend, which invited the delegations of all neighboring countries, highlights Iraq's continued push to become a bridge between different power brokers in the Middle East.
On Thursday 5th April, Saudi Arabia opened a new consulate in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. Furthermore, the gulf nation announcing that their country will give $1 billion in loans for development projects throughout Iraq.
The closure meant that Yazidis in Sinjar, who wanted to travel to Dahuk, home to their celebrated Lalesh temple and tens of thousands of other Yazidis uprooted by IS’ genocidal spree, had to spend over five hours navigating hostile terrain.