Two killed, 35 wounded in Baghdad protests: police, medics


An Iraqi demonstrator makes use of a slingshot throughout ongoing anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq November 14, 2019. Information/Alaa al-Marjani

BAGHDAD (Information) – Safety forces killed two protesters and wounded 35 others in Baghdad on Thursday, police and medical sources mentioned, as hundreds of Iraqis continued a wave of anti-government protests.

One protester died instantly after a tear fuel canister hit his head and one other died in hospital from wounds from a stun bomb fired by safety forces, the sources mentioned.

Safety forces used stay fireplace, rubber bullets and shot tear fuel canisters in a bid to disperse a whole bunch of protesters gathered close to Tahrir Sq., a Information cameraman mentioned.

Most of these damage had choked on tear fuel or had been hit by rubber bullets and have been taken to hospital, medical sources mentioned.

Protesters mentioned the safety forces had stepped up their firing of tear fuel canisters and rubber bullets early on Thursday morning.

Greater than 300 individuals have been killed since Oct. 1, as safety forces have fired tear fuel canisters and rubber bullets at crowds of protesters.

Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s authorities has taken some measures to attempt to quell the unrest, together with handouts to the poor and creating extra job alternatives for faculty graduates.

But it surely has didn’t sustain with the rising calls for of demonstrators who are actually calling for an overhaul of Iraq’s sectarian political system and the departure of its whole ruling elite.

The unrest is among the many largest and most complicated challenges to the present ruling elite because it took energy after the U.S. invasion and the toppling of dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Reporting by Baghdad newsroom; Enhancing by Gareth Jones