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15 wounded in protests in Iraq's capital

15 wounded in protests in Iraq's capital

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 24 Feb 2020, 03:26 pm

Baghdad/Xinhua/UNI: Up to 15 people were wounded on Sunday in clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces, an Interior Ministry official said.

The clashes erupted in the evening when demonstrators tried to storm al-Khalani Square in downtown Baghdad, prompting the security forces to use tear gas and smoke canisters and fire bullets in the air to disperse dozens of protesters, who threw stones and water bottles on the troops, the official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The clashes resulted in the wounding and suffocating of 15 protesters, while several security members were also wounded in the clashes, the official said.

Mass anti-government demonstrations have been continuing in Baghdad and other cities in central and southern Iraq since October 2019, demanding comprehensive reform, fight against corruption, better public services and more job opportunities.

15 wounded in protests in Iraq's capital

India Blooms News Service
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