Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Thousands protest in Iraq's Basra after curfew scrapped

Thousands protest in Iraq's Basra after curfew scrapped

A senior security source told Reuters that a heavy deployment of security forces - including members of the rapid response team - would be on patrol in Basra to enforce the curfew and impose calm. There were also reports of the withdrawal of security forces from the streets of the city.

Iraq's foreign ministry expressed "deep regret" over the attack on the consulate and called on local authorities to protect diplomatic missions.

Mourners gather during the funeral of a protester who died on Thursday because of the fire in Basra, Iraq September 7, 2018.

The Iraqi city of Basra has been rocked by growing protests since July.

"The people protest and the government doesn't care, treats them as vandals", said Ali Saad, a 25-year-old at the rally.

Many residents accuse Iranian-backed political parties of interfering with Iraqi politics and some hold them responsible for mismanagement and poor services in the city.

Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi denounced the incident as a "savage attack", according to Iranian news agency Fars.

At least 23 people have been killed in the demonstrations since they erupted in Basra on July 8.

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The Iraqi government says security forces have launched a search operation to determine the source of three mortar shells that landed inside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, the first such attack in several years. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's national security council met on Friday, and said it had begun an investigation into the casualties at the demonstrations.

But Iraqis remain sceptical as the country remains in a political limbo after May elections with the formation of a new government still to be sealed. Residents of the south complain of decades of neglect in the region that produces the bulk of Iraq's oil wealth.

The cleric went on to add that the new government-the lawmakers of which agreed to an emergency session at the call of cleric and election victor Muqtada al-Sadr-must be different from its predecessors.

Sadr on Thursday called for politicians to present "radical and immediate" solutions at the emergency meeting of parliament or step down if they fail to do so.

Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr, whose political bloc won the largest number of seats, on Thursday called for a special parliamentary session to address protesters' concerns.

On Wednesday security forces sprayed tear gas and fired into the air to try to disperse demonstrators.

Sadr, the former leader of an anti-American Shisectarian militia who has reinvented himself as an anti-corruption campaigner, has allied himself with Abadi.

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