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Iraq protests: Death toll soars after four days of protests

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor October 5, 2019 13:34

Iraq protests: Death toll soars after four days of protests

The Iraqi Human Rights Commission has reported that the death toll has increased to 73, with more than 3,000 others injured.The figure has more than doubled in the past 24 hours, as clashes between protesters and police intensified.The military said “unidentified snipers” had killed four people in Baghdad, including two police officers.Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi earlier said protesters’ “legitimate demands” had been heard, but appealed for calm.Spontaneous protests erupted on Tuesday amid frustration over Iraq’s high youth unemployment rate, its dire public services and chronic corruption.It is seen as the first major challenge to Mr Mahdi’s fragile government, nearly a year since he came to power.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor October 5, 2019 13:34