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Thousands rally in Baghdad to protest attack on Syria

IANS  |  Baghdad 

Thousands of Iraqis loyal to Shiite and some civil rights activists have rallied in to protest against the US-led attacks on

The demonstrators on Sunday rallied in rising Iraqi and Syrian flags in solidarity with the people of Syria, and chanting slogans condemning the bombing against Syria, reported.

The protesters held banners reading "No, No, No, No, colonialism," and "kills Syrian civilians in the name of democracy." The demonstrators also burned the American flag as a sign of their anger and condemnation of the bombing on a number of sites in

"In response to the call of Moqtada al-Sadr, our Sadr loyalists as well as Iraqi people are conducting mass rally to protest the aggression launched by America, and Britain on Syria," Sheikh Hussein al-Saedi, an organiser of the demonstration, told Xinhua.

"The bombardment on Syrian cities early on Saturday is unjust and a blatant aggression, and is against the international laws and human values," Saedi said.

Jabra al-Taei, a female told Xinhua "is a brother and has been exposed to an aggression by the United States, Britain and But unfortunately they forgot that such bombing could threat the lives of civilians."

"We strongly stand with the Syrian people and have gathered here in to denounce the aggression against Syria," said Taei, who is also a candidate in Sadr-backed Saeiroon political bloc for the upcoming

Another civil rights activist told Xinhua "today we took part in a large demonstration to denounce the aggression against the Syrian people, which is an attempt to subjugate peoples of the world. But we are here to show solidarity with the Syrian people."

Meanwhile, Iraqi security forces intensified security measures and blocked the bridges and main roads leading to the in downtown

"The block of the roads and nearby bridges is a precaution measure to prevent any security breach that may target the demonstrators," a security source anonymously told Xinhua.

Early on Saturday, the US, along with Britain and France, launched missile strikes on Syria over allegations that the used in an attack on the rebel-held town of near the capital on April 7. The has repeatedly denied the allegations.



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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 07:06 IST