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04 Nov 2019 | 03:22 PM UTC

Iraq: Police open fire on protesters in Baghdad November 4 /update 38

Iraq News Alert

Police fire live ammunition to disperse anti-government protesters in Baghdad on November 4, killing at least five people; heightened security measures, disruptions to transportation and business, and clashes between protesters and security forces expected as demonstrations continue

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/4/2019, 12:00 AM until 11/4/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Baghdad). COUNTRY/REGION Baghdad

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Event

Police reportedly fired live ammunition to disperse anti-government protesters in Baghdad on Monday, November 4, killing at least 5 people and wounding some 30 others. Clashes erupted along the Ahrar Bridge as protesters attempted to topple barricades preventing access to the Green Zone. Live rounds were also reportedly fired at protesters gathering near the headquarters of state-run Iraqi TV in the capital.

Heightened security measures and disruptions to transportation and business are to be expected in Baghdad and other major urban centers over the coming days as protests and the nightly curfew 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 on October 1 to protest perceived government corruption, inadequate provision of public services, and a lack of job opportunities. Following weeks of relative calm, demonstrations violently resumed on October 24-25, coinciding with the deadline issued by Grand Ayatollah Sistani to the government to produce a report on who in the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) was responsible for firing at civilians during previous demonstrations. At least 250 people have been killed and 10,000 wounded since protests began. On October 31, President Barham Saleh announced that Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi agreed to resign if the Iraqi parliament's party blocs can agree on a replacement.

Advice

Individuals in Baghdad 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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