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Event: OT Other
Number: 2019-000126
Country: IRQ Iraq
Date (YMD): 2019-10-4
Information Source:Iraqi Red Crescent, IFRC
Comments: In the past week, Iraq is witnessing mass civilian protests that have led to clashes between protestors and security forces, involving in some cases a high degree of violence, and leaving dozens dead and thousands injured. Iraq has been rocked by days of protests, as thousands of mostly young men have been demonstrating in different parts of the country due to unemployment and poor public services and demanding national reform. Large scale demonstrations began on 1 October 2019 following the curfew imposed by authorities and the cut of internet access in many cities, putting Iraq in a situation of uncertainty on a daily basis. Large protests have taken place in the capital Baghdad and spread to other cities such as Basrah, Amara, Al Nasiriya, Al Diwaniya, Samawa, Babel and Najaf. Following to the lifting of the imposed curfew on 5 October 2019, the demonstrations continue to date, while more people being reported injured and/or killed. The situation is likely to remain insecure in the coming days.
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