The Baghdad Post

Daily updates: Baghdad to open Green Zone to 24 hours a day

Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone will be open 24 hours a day from Tuesday after years of strict entry controls, Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi said Sunday.

“With the beginning of Eid, we will open the Green Zone for 24 hours every day. Extra gates will be opened, including the Eastern Gate of the Ministry of Defense,” Abdul-Mahdi told reporters during his weekly press conference.

The high-security zone in central Baghdad is home to the Iraqi parliament and the US embassy compound.

It has been open to the public during daylight hours for several months, with entry restricted at night.

The Green Zone was established by the US in 2003 to secure its embassy and Iraqi government institutions.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Maysan Governorate, southeastern Iraq, said suicide rates at the governorate have significantly increased.

A statement by the office’s head Anaam Hussein Al-Sudani said 14 suicide cases were recorded in Maysan during the first half of 2019, recording an increase compared to last year.

“This phenomenon must be encountered by raising the awareness of citizens regarding suicide and its negativities on families and societies,” Al-Sudani added.

Al-Sudani further called on religious clerics, schools and media outlets to launch awareness campaigns and sermons that rejects suicide. Source