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Protest death toll rises as anti-gov’t protests grip Iraq

Baghdad, Iraq – Six individuals have been killed and dozens wounded in Iraq’s southern cities of Basra and Nasiriya as a results of clashes with safety forces, in line with the Iraqi human rights council.

In the meantime in Baghdad, road battles between safety sources and protesters continued as demonstrators demanding primary companies, employment alternatives, and an finish to corruption gathered in Tahrir Sq. on Sunday.

“Three protesters have been killed in violent clashes with safety forces in Umm Qasr, south of Basra, and 78 others have been injured. In the meantime, three protesters have been killed in Nasiriya and 71 individuals have been injured,” the council mentioned in an announcement.

“We name on the federal government to behave instantly to place an finish to the extreme use of violence in opposition to protesters.”

At the least 330 individuals have been killed because the begin of mass unrest in Baghdad and southern Iraq in early October, the biggest demonstrations in a long time.


The death toll in Baghdad, Nasiriya, and Basra over the previous 24 hours reached 12, in line with safety and medical sources. The deaths since Saturday have been a results of safety forces’ use of dwell ammunition and tear fuel in opposition to the protesters, the sources instructed Al Jazeera.

Khaled al-Mahanna, a spokesman for the ministry of inside, mentioned on Saturday night time three protesters have been killed in Baghdad alone over the previous 24 hours. Greater than 100 others have been injured, together with 30 members of the safety forces in clashes with protesters on Ahrar Bridge.

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Following weeks of on-and-off closures, Iraqi safety forces reopened the doorway to Umm Qasr port close to Basra on Friday after protesters blocked it since Monday.

Umm Qasr, which receives grain, oils and sugar shipments that feed a rustic largely depending on imported meals, was beforehand blocked twice in October and November with a short resumption of operations between November 7-9. Official estimates put losses in the course of the first week of the closure at $6bn.

The protesters had gathered to demand the opening of the street across the port city blocked by safety forces in an try to stop demonstrators from reaching the doorway of the power, Iraq’s largest commodities port.

Safety forces additionally wounded at the very least 24 individuals within the Shia holy metropolis of Karbala in a single day after opening fireplace on demonstrators to stop them from reaching the native authorities headquarters, medical and safety sources mentioned.

Rights teams have beforehand described the scenario in Iraq as a “massacre” and known as on the federal government to rein in safety forces.

Protesters are demanding the overthrow of a political class seen as corrupt and serving international powers whereas many Iraqis languish in poverty with out jobs, healthcare or schooling.

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