Iraqis camped out in Baghdad's Green Zone announce withdrawal

by Reuters
Sunday, 1 May 2016 15:29 GMT

BAGHDAD, May 1 (Reuters) - The committee organising a sit-in inside Baghdad's Green Zone called on protesters to leave the heavily fortified government district on Sunday, 24 hours after they overran security barriers and stormed into parliament.

A spokeswoman speaking from a square outside the district said the people would exit "from a position of strength" out of respect for a Shi'ite Muslim pilgrimage underway in the capital but would return afterwards to follow up on their demands.

(Reporting By Stephen Kalin; Editing by Angus MacSwan)