Iraqi Protesters Clash With Security Forces in Baghdad

By Edward Yeranian | VOA News |

(Photo credit: AP) Anti-government protesters run for cover while security forces fire live ammunition in the air to disperse protesters, during ongoing protests, in Khilani Square, Baghdad, Nov. 11, 2019.

CAIRO – Iraqi protesters took to the streets of at least half a dozen major towns and cities Monday, clashing with security forces in Baghdad, Nassiriya and Basra, while blocking roads in Karbala, Najaf, Hilla and Kut. United Nations envoy to Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, also met with Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, urging reforms and an end to violence against protesters.

Hundreds of protesters chanted slogans against Iran and its Shi’ite proxy militias Monday in Nassiriya, while blocking three major bridges in the city. Large protests were also reported in the capitals of Baghdad, Najaf, Karbala, Hilla and Kut.

Iraqi military spokesman Gen. Abdel Karim Khalaf told a press conference that most Iraqi protesters are peaceful but that violent groups have infiltrated the protests, claiming that they had used live ammunition against security forces in Baghdad and set fire to at least three government buildings. second-degree burns, which are not considered life-threatening, according to the report.

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