Middle East

Iraq: 319 killed in anti-govt. protests since Oct.1

15,000 people also wounded during demonstrations throughout country, says Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights

Idris Okuducu   | 10.11.2019
Iraq: 319 killed in anti-govt. protests since Oct.1 Protestors burn tires and rubbish to block major roads as they attend ongoing anti-government demonstrations in Iraq's capital Baghdad on November 10, 2019. Demonstrations have rocked Baghdad and other Iraqi provinces since Friday against government corruption, unemployment, and lack of basic services. ( Murtadha Sudani - Anadolu Agency )

BAGHDAD

The death toll from anti-government protests throughout Iraq has reached 319 since Oct.1, according to a statement by the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights on Sunday.

The commission also said 15,000 people were wounded during the demonstrations in the country.

Amid the demonstrations that left scores dead, Amnesty International has called on Iraqi authorities to rein in the security forces.

On Sunday, the Iraqi government said in a statement posted on the presidential website that it rejected any military intervention against the peaceful demonstrators.

Popular anger has been simmering in Iraq in recent years due to rising unemployment and rampant corruption. Many residents have limited access to basic services such as electricity and clean water.

Iraq's youth unemployment is at around 25%, according to World Bank figures. It is also the 12th most corrupt country in the world, according to several organizations that monitor transparency.

* Writing by Jeyhun Aliyev from Ankara

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