A member of the Basra Protest Coordination Committee called for large protests to be held on Sunday, September 23 in Basra. A sit-in by public sector employees is already set to take place from 09:00 to 11:00 (local time). Protesters are contesting the government's delayed response to their requests regarding improved water services and the release of individuals arrested during past demonstrations. Traffic disruptions as well as an increased security presence are expected in the vicinity of protests sites.
Basra has been the stage of violent protests since the beginning of the month, which culminated on September 7 when protesters set fire to several buildings, including the Iranian Consulate, the provincial government building, and the Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq group headquarters. The scale of protests has decreased in the past weeks; however, demonstrations continue to be held. According to Iraq's Independent High Commission for Human Rights, protests in Basra have left at least a dozen people dead and nearly 100 other wounded since September 1.
Individuals in Iraq, particularly 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. 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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