Nearly 550 Deaths During Months of Demonstrations in Iraq

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More than 540 Iraqis were killed during the anti-government protests of recent months. According to the Iraqi Human Rights Commission, this mainly concerns demonstrators and activists, but also seventeen members of the security forces.

 

Iraqis have been demonstrating for months in contradiction of corruption and the political elite in their country. This repeatedly led to hard collisions with security forces.

Many victims would have died from gunshot wounds or after being hit by tear gas shells. The committee reports that 276 people have already died in the capital of Baghdad.

The Human Rights Commission has previously complained that the authorities are refusing to provide information about deaths, injuries and arrests.

The Ministry of Health confirmed at the beginning of October that a first demonstrator had been shot, but did not provide any new data afterwards.

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