Iraqi security forces claimed that "unidentified snipers" killed four people in Baghdad on Friday, October 4. The reports come amid continued anti-government demonstrations in the capital on Friday, in which security forces fired live ammunition at demonstrators who had defied a curfew imposed by Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi and attempted to reach Tahrir Square, killing at least one protester and wounding four others.
Internet service disruptions continued throughout Iraq as of Friday. Access to Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, and other social media apps has been limited or completely blocked.
Heightened security measures and disruptions to transportation and business are to be expected in Baghdad over the coming days. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out in the event of possible further demonstrations.
The Baghdad protests have been held to denounce a perceived lack of employment opportunities and allegations of government corruption. At least 46 people have been killed since the start of the protests on Tuesday, October 1.
Individuals in Baghdad and across Iraq are advised to closely monitor the situation, avoid all protests and large public gatherings as a precaution, anticipate internet service disruptions, 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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