Iraq: Anti-government protest take lives of 300, injures 1500
As the anti-government began the last month in Iraq, it has already taken the lives of around 319 people and injured another 1500 according to reports.
Lucknow: As the anti-government protests began the last month in Iraq, it has already taken the lives of around 319 people and injured another 1500 according to reports.
Four protesters were killed in Baghdad on Saturday after Iraqi Security Forces pushed back hundreds of protesters and burnt several tents that were being used for an overnight sit-in, a few activists were quoted as saying by sources.
Teargas and live ammunition were used by Iraqi security forces in the al Khalani commercial area, about one kilometre from Tahrir square -- Iraq's ground zero for demonstrations.
According to the Independent High Commission for Human Rights of Iraq, nearly 15,000 have also been injured.
The higher death toll also includes two people who were killed Friday in the southern city of Basra during violent protests, the IHCR said in a statement. Basra is an oil-rich city located some 450 kilometres (280 miles) south of Iraq's capital Baghdad.
At least 23 students were also injured in Nasiriyah Sunday after a tear gas cannon from Iraqi forces mistakenly went off inside a nearby intermediate school for girls, witnesses told CNN.
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The condition of the students was not immediately clear, however, authorities have not officially commented on the incident so far.
Protests have erupted in Baghdad and in several Shiite provinces of the country over unemployment, government corruption and the lack of basic services -- such as electricity and clean water.
Many Iraqis blame the current political parties in power for their economic hardship and the scale of the protests, believed to be the biggest since the fall of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in 2003, took the government by surprise.
Following the deadly response from Iraqi security forces, demonstrators are calling for early elections and demanding that the government step down.
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Ahead of such miserable protests, Adil Abdul Mahdi, Iraqi Prime Minister said that his government will ensure "significant ministerial amendments," and that the youth of the country is leading a movement that "shakes the entire country."
He has further agreed on quitting after weeks of anti-government protests.