Deadly clashes in Iraq as protest movement revives in Baghdad and Najaf

Deadly clashes in Iraq as protest movement revives in Baghdad and Najaf
Deadly clashes in Iraq as protest movement revives in Baghdad and Najaf

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - Confrontations between security forces and protesters wounded dozens in Baghdad and southern Iraq on Sunday as anti-government demonstrations enter a third month.

Security forces attacked protesters with live ammunition and tear gas as protesters blocked Tayran Square in central Baghdad and vital roads and bridges in the southern city of Dhi Qar, local media reported.

Angry protests have rocked the capital and southern regions for the last three months, with demonstrators calling for an overhaul of a political system they deem corrupt.

Over 460 people have been killed and nearly 25,000 injured in the uprising.

On Saturday night, protesters torched the headquarters of the Iran-backed Iraqi militia group, Hezbollah, in the holy city of Najaf.

Two protesters were killed on Friday and at least 20 injured after riot police fired gas and hurled sound bombs to disperse crowds on the strategic Sinak Bridge, that link to the heavily fortifed Green Zone, in Baghdad after protesters attempted to breach cement barriers set up by security forces.

The violence breaks a period of calm between the security forces and demonstrators after tensions between Washington and Tehran flared up following the US killing of Iranian commander Qassem Suleimani.

The strike also killed top Iraqi paramilitary commander Abu Mahdi Al Muhandis, deputy head of the Hashed Al Shaabi military network, which is dominated by pro-Iran factions.

Iran responded by firing missiles at Iraqi bases where US soldiers are deployed.

Iraqi populist cleric Muqtada Al Sadr has called for a "million-strong march" on January 24 to condemn corruption and foreign meddling in the country.

The march, and protesters refusals to back down, have added to mounting pressure on the government to overhaul the current political system.

No progress appears to have been made towards forming a new government, which protesters demand be comprised of independent candidates that excludes all established political parties and links to Iran.

Updated: January 19, 2020 01:51 PM

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