Eleven People Killed in Southern Iraq Protests - Reports

© REUTERS / THAIER AL-SUDANIDemonstrators gather as they take part in a protest over unemployment, corruption and poor public services, in Baghdad, Iraq October 2, 2019
Demonstrators gather as they take part in a protest over unemployment, corruption and poor public services, in Baghdad, Iraq October 2, 2019 - Sputnik International
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Earlier, Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi announced a curfew across the capital of Baghdad on Thursday amid large-scale anti-government protests.

According to police and medical sources, eleven people were killed during protests overnight in two southern Iraqi cities, including a policeman, according to Reuters citing police and medical sources.

Seven protesters and a policeman died in Nassiriya during clashes, four more people were killed in the city of Amara, according to sources.

Earlier, participants of anti-government demonstrations in Iraq’s capital of Baghdad were trying to break into the city airport while security forces were using tear gas to disperse them.

"All vehicles and individuals are totally forbidden to move in Baghdad as of 5 am today, Thursday, and until further notice," Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said in a written statement.

On Wednesday, the demonstrations spilled from Baghdad to several other provinces.

The number of people injured in protests rose to 112, sources at the Husyaniya Training Hospital said.

The rallies erupted a year after large-scale protests against low living standards rocked Iraq’s south, particularly, the city of Basra.

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