At least 10 people killed in violent clashes in Baghdad's Green Zone after powerful Cleric Moqtada Sadr Resigns.
Witnesses said that security forces used tear gas and real bullets to drive protesters out of Iraq's Republican Palace.
Iraqi security officials told on Monday that Hundreds of protesters stormed the building inside the Green Zone after al-Sadr's announcement.
Tuesday, Iraqi security forces said that four rockets hit the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, damaging a residential complex. The rockets came from the al-Habibiya and al-Baladiyat areas east of the capital.
The Republican Palace is where the Iraqi cabinet meets. According to a statement from his office, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has stopped all meetings of his government until further notice.
Al-Sadr said he decided two months ago "not to get involved in politics," but in a statement released by his office on Monday, he said he was now "finally retiring" from politics and closing all of his political offices across the country.
Iraq has struggled to form a new government since parliamentary elections in October which saw Iran-backed Shiite blocs losing seats to the Sadrists.
Starting at 3:30 p.m. local time in the capital city and 7 p.m. local time in the rest of the country, the military put a full curfew in place. This means that people must stay inside. A military statement says that the curfew will stay in place until further notice.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) has also asked protesters to leave government buildings and "let the government do its job of running the state" for the Iraqi people.
The US Embassy in Baghdad also asked people to stay calm by tweeting, "now is the time for dialogue to resolve differences, not through confrontation."