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Baghdad airport reopens as curfew lifted

A round-the-clock curfew was imposed in the Iraqi capital to prevent violence during the announcement of a verdict on Saddam Hussein.

india Updated: Nov 07, 2006 13:10 IST

Baghdad airport was reopened on Tuesday two days after it was closed when a round-the-clock curfew was imposed in the Iraqi capital to prevent violence during the announcement of a verdict on Saddam Hussein.

The curfew was also completely lifted from 6:00 am on Tuesday.

The ban on pedestrian movement was lifted from 4:00 pm Monday itself, while the vehicle ban was removed from 6:00 am on Tuesday.

Life had come to a virtual halt in Baghdad during the curfew with no sign of a pedestrian or a vehicle on the city's streets.

Anticipating a surge in violence during the verdict on Saddam, the Iraqi government had imposed the indefinite curfew from 6:00 am on Sunday.

On Friday authorities had also cancelled all military leave and put the country's armed forces on alert.

Saddam was sentenced to death on Sunday for "willful killing", part of his indictment for crimes against humanity in ordering the deaths of 148 Shiite residents of Dujail, north of Baghdad, after a 1982 assassination attempt.

Saddam's half-brother and intelligence chief Barzan al-Tikriti was also sentenced to death, as was Awad Ahmed al-Bandar, former chairman of the so-called Revolutionary Court that ordered the Shiites executed.

Former vice president Taha Yassin Ramadan received a life sentence, while three Baath party officials from Dujail received 15 years each and a fourth, more junior, figure was cleared.

The deposed dictator is to appear in the court again Tuesday to face charges of genocide for the 1988 killings of thousands of Kurdish villagers in the country's north.