Fadlallah: 'Do not attack on people, public utilities in Iraq'

Lebanon's top Shiite Muslim cleric issued a religious edict Monday banning attacks on public utilities in Iraq, specifically the oil industry.

Fadlallah: 'Do not attack on people, public utilities in Iraq'
"We stress the contents of the fatwa that it is prohibited to attack properties and public wealth, whether it is oil wealth or other types of wealth, and attacks on people, their lives, security, stability, property or honour," Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah said in a statement urging Iraqis to work for stability in their country.

Fadlallah's comments came after cleric Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his men off the streets after days of clashes with government forces in southern Iraq, mainly in the oil-rich city of Basra.

Fighting between al-Sadr's Mahdi Army and Iraqi and US- led multinational troops has been raging since Tuesday.

"We call upon all Iraqi factions, groups and sides not to protect anyone who tries to harm people's personal interests and we call on everyone to start a constructive dialogue," he said.

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