UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — At least 20 people were killed and wounded in shells and sniper fire in Sadr City, east of Baghdad, an RT reporter said Saturday.
The agency “Associated Press” earlier that the death toll of the demonstrations witnessed in Iraq, on Saturday, amounted to 19 dead.
Since Tuesday, the death toll from the protests in Iraq has exceeded 100.
Protests have started in Baghdad, demanding better public services, jobs and corruption before spreading to southern provinces.
Protesters accuse the security forces of firing at them, while the latter denies this, and says that “unidentified snipers shoot protesters and security personnel to cause sedition.”
The speaker of the Iraqi parliament, Mohammed al-Halbouni, called on the protesters to continue to demand their legitimate rights, but to avoid clashes with the security forces. He stressed that the peaceful demonstrations would be enough to keep them off course.
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