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Iraqi security forces are seen as demonstrators take part in a protest over unemployment, corruption and poor public services in Baghdad, Iraq October 2, 2019. Image Credit: Reuters

Baghdad: Iraqi authorities on Wednesday sealed off the central Green Zone just four months after its celebrated opening, a government source told AFP, in response to widespread protests in the capital.

Security forces and military vehicles have been deployed around the area, which hosts government offices and embassies, "until further notice", the source said.

The Green Zone had been inaccessible for most Iraqis since the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq but had reopened to the public in June.