UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Spokespersons from the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, Interior, Health and Joint Operations Command attended a press conference Sunday evening, October 6, in Baghdad, to shed light on “the circumstances disturbances “which enamelled the peaceful demonstrations of the people.
“There are evil hands behind live ammunition during recent protests,” he insisted.
“There was no clash between the protesters and the security forces during the demonstrations on Friday, October 4, and no security forces fired directly on the protesters,” he said.
In recent days, as unrest spread across several Iraqi cities, videos of unidentified gunmen targeting security forces and protesters were posted on the web. As a result of live ammunition, a number of people were killed, including members of the security forces and the police.
Also at the press conference, Iraqi Defense Ministry spokesman General Tahsin al-Khafaji said that the death toll has risen to 104. According to him, eight of the dead were security forces. 6,107 people were also injured during the clashes.
Regarding the perpetrators, the spokesman said investigations were continuing to identify the real culprits of deadly shootings The offices of several political parties and news channels have also been targeted in recent days, he said indicated.
For his part, the spokesman of the Iraqi Ministry of Health, Saif al-Badr, said that Iraqi hospitals and health centers welcome and treat all the wounded, be they protesters or security forces. security.
Reacting to the suspicious violence, Yahya Rassoul, spokesman for the joint operations command in Iraq, also present at the press conference, said the security forces would perform their duty to support diplomatic headquarters and agencies. government.
A high-ranking security source told Alsumaria TV that the situation had returned to normal in Baghdad and had even stabilized. It is worth remembering that the Iraqi Prime Minister had ordered a curfew to be lifted in the capital from five in the morning on Saturday.
The Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament Mohamed al-Halbouni, after meeting the representatives of the protesters in the Assembly building, had meanwhile announced a series of measures to improve the lives of Iraqis.
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