On Tuesday, October 8, Iraqi authorities have announced the reopening of the Green Zone in Baghdad after successful negotiations between the Prime Minister's cabinet and protesters. In said negotiations the government has reportedly made promises to fulfil protesters' demands. Heightened security measures and limited access to the zone were imposed to guard the zone from potential demonstrations. Prior to the announcement, violent protests were reported in Sadr City overnight (local time) on Tuesday, leaving at least one member of the security forces killed.
Internet services were reportedly restored throughout Iraq as of Tuesday, following weeks of disruptions. Access to Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, and other social media apps has been restored.
Heightened security measures and transportation and business disruptions are to be expected across Iraq over the coming days. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out in the event of protests.
The death toll from the nationwide protests - which began on October 1 to protest alleged government corruption, perceived inadequate public services provision, and a lack of job opportunities - has increased to more than 110.
Explosions were reported in the Green Zone on October 3 amid the nationwide protests.
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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