At least two explosions have been reported in Baghdad’s Green Zone during the early morning hours (local time) of Thursday, October 3. According to unconfirmed social media reports, at least one projectile landed near the Al-Harithiya Bridge at approximately 03:10. No damages or casualties were immediately reported. Details are still emerging.
Tensions are high in the country following two days of protests in Baghdad and other parts of the country. A curfew was imposed in the southern cities of Nasiriyah, Amarah, and Hillah on Wednesday, October 2, after gunfights erupted between demonstrators and police in Nasiriyah. Recent protests in Iraq have been motivated by a lack of employment opportunities and allegations of government corruption.
Individuals in Baghdad are advised to closely monitor the situation, avoid the affected area, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
The security environment in Iraq remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas with proper security protocols in place, other areas should be considered strictly off limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to all travel.
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