24 killed, hundreds injured in Iraq protests

BAGHDAD

At least 24 people were killed and over 2,000 others injured in Iraq on Friday in anti-government protests that erupted on Friday near Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone, according to Iraq’s rights commission.

24 killed, hundreds injured in Iraq protests

In a statement, the Iraq High Commission for Human Rights said the fatalities were caused after clashes between protesters and security forces.

The clashes also left at least 2,047 people, including security forces, wounded, majority of which were due to tear gas.

Eight demonstrators were killed in Baghdad, while six deaths were reported in Dhi Qar, six in Maysan, three in Basra, and one in al-Muthanna, the statement said.

According to security sources, Iraqi authorities imposed curfew in Basra, Wasit, Muthanna, Babil, Diwaniya, and Dhi Qar governorates.

Over the past month, Iraq witnessed mass anti-corruption protests which left hundreds dead. Successive Iraqi governments have failed to put an end to nepotism and corruption as the current government struggles to end the mismanagement of public funds.

According to the World Bank figures, Iraq has a high rate of youth unemployment around 25%. It is also ranked as the 12th most-corrupt country in the world by several transparency organizations.

*Writing by Dilara Hamit
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