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20 Jun 2019 | 09:17 AM UTC

Iraq: Ongoing protest in Basra June 20

Iraq News Alert

Ongoing protest reported in Basra over perceived inadequate provision of public services June 20; heightened security presence and traffic disruptions likely

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/20/2019, 12:00 AM until 6/22/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Baghdad). COUNTRY/REGION Basra

Event

Residents of Basra launched a protest on the morning (local time) of Thursday, June 20, to denounce poor public services and widespread youth unemployment. Protesters reportedly gathered near the provincial government building. A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be anticipated near demonstration sites. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out. Additional protests are possible in Basra over the coming weeks. 

Advice

Individuals in Iraq, and particularly those in Basra, are advised to closely monitor the situation, avoid all protests and large public gatherings as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities. The security environment in Iraq remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to all travel.

 

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