One protester killed in Iraq’s renewed clashes

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi medical and security officials said one protester was killed and over 40 were wounded in renewed clashes overnight in central Baghdad.

Protesters have called for large protests to take place yesterday as Iraqi authorities continue to clamp down on the anti-government demonstrations.

The officials say the clashes happened in the Khilani area, not far from the epicentre of the protest movement in Tahrir Square. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity under regulations.

Amnesty International has said that security forces in Baghdad have fired tear gas grenades directly into the crowd.

But Defence Minister Najah al-Shammari said on Thursday an investigation has confirmed the tear gas canisters responsible for protester deaths were not purchased by the government.

Riot police fire tear gas during clashes between Iraqi security forces and anti-Government protesters in Baghdad. PHOTO: AP