Fresh unrest in Iraq kills four protesters, wounds dozens more

BAGHDAD (AP) – A rights group in Iraq said four protesters have been killed and some 130 wounded in clashes between security forces and protesters in a southern city.

The semi-official Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights described yesterday the previous day’s incidents in the city of Nasiryah as “regrettable,” adding that some of the wounded are in serious conditions.

At least 320 protesters have been killed by security forces since the protests and unrest over living conditions began last month.

The Nasiriyah casualties occurred during confrontations outside the education directorate as security forces tear-gassed protesters trying to block employees from reaching the building in the city centre.

The demonstrators complain of widespread corruption, lack of job opportunities and poor basic services, including regular power cuts, despite Iraq’s vast oil reserves.

Iraqi firefighters hose down the scorched Ministry of Finance building set ablaze by protesters at Baghdad’s Khallani square during the ongoing anti-government demonstrations yesterday. PHOTO: AFP