Iraq protests: Deaths near 100, thousands injured; live fire from Iran-backed militia

Iraq protests: Deaths near 100, thousands injured; live fire from Iran-backed militia
Iraq protests reach fifth day, 5 Oct 2019. Sky News video

[Ed. – Note, however, that this isn’t a Shia vs. Sunni development.  Southern Iraq between Baghdad and Basra has a significant Shia majority, and many (probably most) of the protesters are Shias.  Iran-backed Shia PMF seeking to retain control of the region – which they have had with the central government’s blessing for years now – are attacking them.]

The United Nations has called for an end to the “senseless loss of life” in Iraq as the death toll from anti-government protests nears 100.

Demonstrators say they are taking a stand against unemployment, poor public services and corruption in the country. …

Five people are said to have died in the latest clashes in the capital. Security forces are again reported to have used live rounds and tear gas.

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At least 99 people have died and nearly 4,000 have been wounded since protests began in the capital on Tuesday before spreading to the south of Iraq, the Iraqi parliament’s human rights commission says.

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