25 January 2020
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Briefing from Baghdad, Special Envoy Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said that “out of love for their homeland”, thousands of Iraqis have taken to the streets, asking for their country to reach its “full potential for the benefit of all Iraqis”. “However”, she lamented “they are paying an unimaginable price for their voices to be heard”, pointing out that since 1 October, over 400 people have been killed and more than 19,000 injured. She explained that although today’s youth has no recollection of life under…
Abdel Mahdi said he would submit resignation following spike in the death toll among protesters Iraqi protesters set fire to Iranian consulate in Najaf for second time in a week BAGHDAD: Iraqi protesters set fire to the Iranian consulate in Najaf on Sunday for the second time in a week, as demonstrations continued despite the confirmation of Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi’s resignation.More than 420 people have been killed in a violent Iranian-orchestrated response to two months of protests against corruption,…
Police in Iraq’s mostly Shi’ite southern city of Najaf say antigovernment protesters have set fire to the Iranian Consulate in the restive city for the second time in a week. The arson attack on December 1 came as Iraqis continue taking to the streets of Baghdad and Iraq's Shi'ite-majority south to demand more jobs, an end to endemic corruption, and improved public services. The arson attack occurred despite the approval by Iraq’s parliament on December 1 of the resignation of…
Dozens have been shot dead by security forces in latest escalation of violence since protesters torched Iranian consulate in Najaf Students in the northern city of Mosul marked a moment of silence on Sunday in remembrance of protesters killed by security forces in the southern cities of Najaf and Nasiriyah. Dozens have been shot dead by security forces in the latest escalation of violence across Iraq since protesters torched the Iranian consulate in Najaf late on Wednesday. Students and teachers…
BAGHDAD - Three anti-government protesters were shot dead and at least 58 others were wounded in Baghdad and southern Iraq on Saturday, security and medical officials said, as Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi formally submitted his resignation to parliament.  Lawmakers were expected to either vote or accept outright Abdul-Mahdi's resignation letter in a parliamentary session Sunday, two members of parliament said.  The prime minister announced Friday that he would hand parliament his resignation amid mounting pressure from mass anti-government protests, a…
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi protesters set fire to the entrance of a shrine in the southern holy city of Najaf on Saturday and security forces fired tear gas to disperse them, police and a demonstrator at the scene said, risking more bloodshed after a rare day of calm. The demonstrator sent a video to Reuters of a doorway to the Hakim shrine blazing as protesters cheered and filmed it on their mobile phones. Reuters could not immediately verify the footage.…
Three anti-government protesters were shot dead and at least 58 others wounded in Baghdad and southern Iraq on Saturday, security and medical officials said, as Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi formally submitted his resignation to parliament. Lawmakers were expected to either vote on or accept outright Abdul-Mahdi’s resignation letter in a parliamentary session Sunday, two members of parliament said. The prime minister announced Friday he would hand parliament his resignation amid mounting pressure from mass anti-government protests, a day after more…
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced his resignation on Friday after the country’s senior Shi’ite Muslim cleric urged lawmakers to reconsider their support for a government rocked by weeks of deadly anti-establishment unrest. Violence raged on in southern Iraq, however, killing at least 21 people, and one protester was killed in central Baghdad as demonstrations continued including a thousands-strong sit-in at Tahrir Square in the Iraqi capital. Young, unemployed and unarmed protesters have led calls for…
At least 40 anti-government protesters have been killed in Iraq over a 24-hour period, government officials told The Associated Press late Thursday, as violence in Baghdad and the south of the country threatened to spiral out of control. Security and medical officials say five protesters were killed and 32 wounded late Thursday when security forces fired live rounds to repel them from setting fire to a mosque in the central city of Najaf. Protesters had torched the Iranian consulate in that city the previous night. Another 35 protesters have…
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi protesters stormed the Iranian consulate in the southern city of Najaf and set fire to the building on Wednesday bringing a new level of violence to demonstrations aimed at the downfall of a government backed by Tehran. It was the strongest expression yet of the anti-Iranian sentiment of Iraqi demonstrators, who have taken to the streets for weeks in Baghdad and the Shi’ite Muslim-majority south - and have been gunned down in their hundreds by Iraqi…
Violent protests swept across parts of southern Iraq and Baghdad on Thursday in a growing display of public anger over Iran's interference in Iraqi affairs. This comes one day after demonstrators set fire to an Iranian consulate in the holy Shiite city of Najaf. Across the country, more than two dozen protesters have been killed and 165 wounded since Wednesday, according to The Associated Press. The worst violence has been in the south of Iraq, a predominantly Shiite area, as…

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