Curfew imposed in Nassiriya in southern Iraq after more protesters killed

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — A curfew was imposed in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah on Thursday after 13 people were shot dead as part of a security crackdown on anti-government protesters, officials said.

According to an AFP correspondent that security personnel deployed in the vicinity of Nasiriyah, where they conducted searches for all cars and people trying to enter.

The decision was followed by a similar move in the holy Shi’ite city of Najaf, where protesters burned the Iranian consulate overnight.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi army sent military commanders to the southern provinces to help “control security” while Iran demanded that Iraq take “firm and effective measures” against “aggressive elements” of its consulate in Najaf.

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