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29 Oct 2019 | 06:18 AM UTC

Iraq: At least 18 protesters killed in Karbala October 28 /update 1

Iraq News Alert

Police reportedly kill at least 18 protesters in Karbala on October 28; heightened security presence and associated disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/28/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/29/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Baghdad). COUNTRY/REGION Karbala

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Event

Police reportedly fired live ammunition to disperse anti-government protesters in Karbala in the late hours (local time) of Monday, October 28, killing at least 18 people and wounding some 53 others. The protest followed the authorities announcement of a nighttime curfew on the city, restricting the movement of individuals and vehicles from 18:00 on Monday until Tuesday morning, October 29. A curfew remains in place in Baghdad from midnight to 06:00 until further notice.

The Iraqi teachers union and the Iraqi Bar Association announced a general strike that began on Monday, and is due to last until Thursday, October 31.

Heightened security measures and disruptions to transportation and business are to be expected in Karbala over the coming days as protests continue. Disruptions to internet and telecommunications services are possible amid the unrest. Clashes between protesters and security forces are likely around protest sites.

Context

Demonstrations broke out in Iraq on October 1 to protest perceived government corruption, inadequate provision of public services, and a lack of job opportunities. At least 230 people have been killed and thousands wounded in the following weeks of unrest.

Advice

Individuals in Karbala and across Iraq are advised to closely monitor the situation, avoid all protests and large public gatherings due to potential violence, prepare for disruptions to transportation and business in areas affected by anti-government demonstrations, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

The security environment in Iraq remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas with proper security protocols in place, other areas should be considered strictly off-limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to all travel.

 

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