Security forces kill 45 protesters in Iraq's south

Security forces kill 45 protesters in Iraq's south

BAGHDAD-Anadolu Agency
Security forces kill 45 protesters in Iraqs south

Iraqi security forces killed at least 45 protesters on Nov. 28 while attempting to disperse demonstrators in the country's southern cities of Nasiriyah and Najaf, according to medical sources.

A source who works for the Health Department in Dhi Qar province told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity that 32 people were killed and 230 others injured in Nasiriyah.

According to the source, the casualties occurred during clashes between protesters and security forces on al-Nasr and al-Zeytun bridges in Nasiriyah.

Security forces clashed with protesters early on Nov. 28 in an attempt to control the two bridges, which have been closed since last Wednesday, a security source told Anadolu Agency earlier.

13 killed in protests in Najaf

Clashes in Najaf between protestors and the police left at least 13 protestors dead and 300 injured by live bullets and tear gas, according to a source with the Najaf Health Office.

According to eyewitnesses, unidentified armed men in civilian clothes opened fire on protesters during protests that had erupted in many parts of the city.

The Najaf Operations Command announced that a curfew declared on Nov. 27 was extended amid the latest violent demonstrations.

Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi appointed General Ali al-Hashemi as military commander to ensure security in Najaf.

Iraq has been rocked by mass protests since early October against poor living conditions and corruption.

Protesters' demands later spiraled into calls for dissolving the government of Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi.

According to Iraq's High Commission for Human Rights, at least 348 Iraqis have been killed and 15,000 injured since the protests began on Oct. 1.