Internet turned off again in Iraq

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The Iraqi Interior Ministry on Sunday evening announced a temporary disconnection of the Internet in the country, as well as the closure of the green zone in the center of Baghdad, the Iraqi news agency INA reports.

What are the reasons for these decisions, the agency did not specify.

It is known that on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will pay an official visit to the Iraqi capital.

Residents of Baghdad and other Iraqi cities on Sunday for the first time in five days were given the opportunity to take to the streets.

According to Iraqi media, the demonstrations in Iraqi cities stopped temporarily, schools, universities and government institutions opened in the capital, and the Internet was restored.

Since October 1, anti-government protests have been held in Iraq, which began with calls to go out, distributed on social networks, with demands to strengthen the fight against corruption, reduce unemployment, and improve the work of public utilities.

These protests were the first since the appointment of the government of Adele Abdel Mahdi a year ago. During the rallies there are riots and clashes between demonstrators and security forces who use weapons.

Currently, doctors report 113 dead and more than 4 thousand injured, 200 of whom are in serious condition. Not a single party or political leader claimed to be behind these protests.

The UN has demanded an end to violence against civilians in Iraq and an open investigation into the deaths of peaceful protesters.


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