Iraq: 104 killed and 6000 injured in anti-government protests

  07 October 2019    Read: 805
Iraq: 104 killed and 6000 injured in anti-government protests

More than 6,000 protesters have been injured and 104 have died during protests in Iraq this week, according to the country's interior ministry.

Eight of the dead are members of the government's security forces.

Contradicting many eyewitness reports, spokesman Saad Maan told Iraqi television that no government forces had fired directly at protesters.

Soldiers were seen firing in the direction of about 300 anti-government protesters in a suburb of the capital Baghdad on Sunday, the sixth day of demonstrations.

During the week, soldiers have been seen using tear gas and live ammunition.

As well as the 6,107 protesters injured, Mr Maan said more than 1,200 members of the security forces had also been wounded during the demonstrations that have taken place across Baghdad and the south of the country since Tuesday.

It is the most serious disruption to hit the country since the defeat of Islamic State two years ago.


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