MOSCOW (Sputnik) – At least 27 demonstrators have been shot dead and 152 others had been injured amid increasing protest violence in the south of Iraq and the country’s capital of Baghdad, media reported, citing sources.
Al Arabiya reported that those wounded were registered in the city of Nasiriyah on Thursday.
According to the outlet, 12 protesters had been killed in the city of Najaf in the authorities’ crackdown on demonstrators who set the Iranian consulate on fire in what the broadcaster called an uprising against Iraq’s Iranian-backed government.
Moreover, more than 25 people had been killed by the security forces in Nasiriyah.
The reports added, citing local officials, that the authorities had imposed curfew in the areas affected by the clashes between the protesters and security forces.
One of bloodiest days in two months of #Iraq anti-government protests as security forces kill 27 people. Most of them in Nassriyah to keep protestors off a bridge. #Iran-backed militia now part of Iraqi security forces sends fighters to Najaf after #Iran embassy burned there.
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Moreover, the government said it was establishing so-called crisis cells — military-led groups aimed at quelling the violent rallies.
The most recent wave of protests has been focused on the city of Nasiriyah, the provincial capital of the Dhi Qar province. Al Arabiya reported, citing its sources, that the unrest was also underway in the city of Samawah located in the Muthanna province. Moreover, the demonstrators have blocked off roads between Baghdad and the nearby Diyala province.