Political crisis in Iraq deepens

While the protests in Iraq continue, the Shia cleric Muqtada as-Sadr has called for a general strike today.

With a statement on his social media channels, the Shia leader in Iraq Muqtada al-Sadr has called for a general strike for today. His appeal is also directed at women workers in the country's health sector. In response to this call, the government has closed all state institutions in four cities of southern Iraq for today. The al-Sadr call spread quickly on the Internet and received broad support. In the protests in the country, which have been continuing since October 1, more than 300 people have now been killed by the Iraqi security forces, while more than 15,000 have been injured.

Meanwhile, at Iran's request, the Iraqi customs office has closed two border crossings for civilians from Iraq. These crossings are only open to trade. The restrictions on the border crossings are a reaction to protests in Iran, too, about increases in gasoline prices.