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14 Nov 2019 | 09:51 AM UTC

Iraq: Three fatalities amid protests in Baghdad November 14 /update 48

Iraq News Alert

At least three protesters killed during protests in Baghdad November 14; associated disruptions and further clashes between security forces and protesters expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/14/2019, 12:00 AM until 11/18/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Baghdad). COUNTRY/REGION Baghdad, Iraq

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Event

Security forces used live fire and tear gas to disperse protesters near the Tahrir Square in Baghdad on the morning (local time) of Thursday, November 14, killing at least three people and wounding 35 others. Associated protests are expected in other urban centers across the country amid heightened tensions between protesters and security forces.

Heightened security measures and disruptions to transportation and businesses are to be expected in Baghdad and other major urban centers over the coming days as protests continue. Disruptions to internet and telecommunications services are also expected to continue amid the unrest. Clashes between protesters and security forces are likely around the 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 319 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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