FILE PHOTO: A demonstrator throws a tear fuel canister utilized by Iraqi safety forces as others disperse throughout a protest over unemployment, corruption and poor public companies, in Baghdad, Iraq October 2, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani
BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) – Eleven individuals have been killed throughout protests in a single day in two southern Iraqi cities, together with a policeman, police and medical sources mentioned on Thursday, elevating the demise toll to 18 since anti-government protests turned violent two days in the past.
Seven protesters and a policeman died in Nassiriya throughout clashes between demonstrators and safety forces. 4 extra individuals have been killed within the metropolis of Amara, the sources mentioned.
Troops patrolled central areas of Baghdad early on Thursday to implement a curfew ordered by Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, however sporadic demonstrations continued in some elements of the Iraqi capital, Reuters witnesses mentioned.
The unrest unfold shortly from small-scale protests in Baghdad on Tuesday over jobs, companies and authorities corruption. No less than two individuals have been killed that day as safety forces opened dwell fireplace and shot water cannon and tear fuel. 5 extra have been killed on Wednesday, together with a toddler. Lots of have been wounded together with demonstrators and police.
Abdul Mahdi ordered a curfew in Baghdad from 5:00 a.m. (0200 GMT) on Thursday till additional discover.
The protests are the most important in opposition to Abdul Mahdi’s authorities which took workplace almost a yr in the past, and the most important within the nation since September 2018.
Vacationers to and from Baghdad airport, ambulances, authorities staff in hospitals, electrical energy, and water departments, and non secular pilgrims are exempt from the curfew, the assertion mentioned. It was as much as provincial governors to determine whether or not to declare curfews elsewhere.
Reporting by Ali Hafthi, Ahmed Rasheed and Thaier al-Sudani in Baghdad; Writing by John Davison; Modifying by Raissa Kasolowsky