44 Iraqi MPs resign after protest camp cleared
44 Iraqi MPs resign after protest camp cleared

Forty-four Iraqi MPs announced their resignation today after security forces demolished a anti-government protest site and detained a lawmaker.

The announcement was made at a televised news conference at which the MPs also demanded "the withdrawal of the army... and the release of MP Ahmed al-Alwani," who was arrested during a deadly raid on Saturday.

Clashes broke out Monday in the Ramadi area, west of Baghdad, as security forces dismantled a protest camp where demonstrators had gathered for more than a year.

Ten militants died in the fighting, which also spread to the nearby city of Fallujah.


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