At least 11 people have died and 71 more were hospitalised as a result of clashes in the city of Najaf, Iraq, the Baghdad Today news reported.
Earlier media reports said that 85 people were injured, some seriously, according to Al-Sumaria citing a security source.
According to the outlet, clashes in central Sadrin Square took place between demonstrators and supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr, an influential Shia cleric and politician.
الهيئة نت| أصحاب (القبعات الزرق) التابعين لميليشيا سرايا السلام، يقتحمون ساحة الصدرين في محافظة #النجف جنوبي #العراق؛ ويقومون بحرق خيمتين، وإصابة عدد من المعتصمين.— هيئة علماء المسلمين في العراق (@amsiiraq) February 5, 2020
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Earlier in December, the Iraqi parliament passed a new election legislation, which the protesters had been demanding for several months.
According to the current Iraqi President, Barham Salih, more than 600 people have died and about 60,000 injured in the continuing unrest, which are the biggest mass protests since former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was toppled back in 2003.