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Dozens wounded as police fire on protesters in Iraq

Iraqi citizens protest against the government on 15 July 2018 [Hayder Abu Rizq/Anadolu Agency]
Iraqi citizens protest against the government on 15 July 2018 [Hayder Abu Rizq/Anadolu Agency]

Dozens have been wounded after protests intensified in four provinces in southern Iraq, local media reported on Sunday.

The Baghdad Post reported that as many as 15 people have been injured and three people are in a serious condition after security forces tried to break up the protests by force, adding that the protesters burned the building housing political prisoners in Nasiriyah city.

According to sources angry protesters in the province of Muthanna stormed the province building and an investment company and security forces fired on the demonstrators.

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The sources added that angry protesters attempted to burn the political parties headquarters in the city of Samawa.

Security forces killed two protesters in the city of Basra and wounded others.

Thousands of people took to the streets in the provinces of Basra, Diwaniyah, Dhi Qar, Maysan, Najaf, Karbala, Wasit and Babil demanding an improvement to services and living conditions and the provision of jobs for the unemployed.

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