At Least 13 Killed, Dozens Wounded in Iraq Protests

Iraqi security forces killed 13 protesters Sunday, the Associated Press has reported. Oil-rich southern Iraq has seen many protests against government corruption recently, with demonstrators starting fires and blocking roads.

IraqProtestSecurityForcesIraqi security forces fire tear gas to disperse protesters during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq (Photo: Human Rights Watch)Security forces fired on protesters and used tear gas to disperse them, leading to several deaths and dozens of injuries, according to Al Jazeera, which referenced a statement from the Iraqi Human Rights Council.

Meanwhile in Baghdad, the AP said that “at least 13 people were wounded” as security forces and protesters battled each other. 

Sunday’s violence follows reports of three protesters’ deaths Saturday night carried by Al Jazeera who quoted a spokesman for Iraq’s Ministry of Interior.

According to a BBC report, more than 300 people have been killed in the protests since they started in early October. 

The US news agency Voice of America reported Sunday that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week warned Iraq officials that “Washington would consider imposing sanctions on officials responsible for violence or corruption.”