UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The death toll from Iraq’s protests has risen to 100 since it began on Tuesday, most of them demonstrators, while some 4,000 people were wounded, the Iraqi Human Rights Commission said on Saturday.
The death toll includes at least six policemen killed during clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces in Baghdad and several areas in the south of the country, according to medical and security sources.
The Commission on Human Rights in a statement on the “100 dead” and more than 4,000 wounded since Tuesday, noting that about 500 people have been arrested, but a large number of them were released after that.
On Saturday morning, shops opened after the curfew imposed on Thursday ended. But the Internet is still cut off.
Since Tuesday, authorities have accused Mendesine of infiltrating the demonstrations and causing deaths. Medical sources say the majority of those killed were protesters who were hit by live bullets, but did not specify the source of the shots.
The protest movement began with calls on social media to demonstrate against corruption and unemployment, the collapse of public services and chronic shortages of electricity and drinking water.
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