Tensions remain high in Iraq on Saturday, October 26, following deadly nationwide protests on Friday, October 25. According to media reports, at least 40 people were killed and over 2000 wounded in demonstrations in Baghdad, Amarah (Maysan province), Basra (Basra province), and Samawah (Al-Muthanna province). Curfews are in effect in Basra, Diwaniyah, Dhi Qar, Maysan, Wasit, Babil, and Al-Muthanna following clashes between protesters and security forces.
A heightened security presence is to be expected in Baghdad and other urban centers over the coming days as protests continue. Disruptions to internet and telecommunications services are possible amid the unrest. Localized traffic disruptions are to be expected around protest sites, and clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
Demonstrations broke out on October 1 to protest perceived government corruption, inadequate provision of public services, and a lack of job opportunities. Dozens have been killed and thousands wounded in the following weeks of unrest.
Individuals in Baghdad and across Iraq are advised to closely monitor the situation, avoid all protests and large public gatherings due to potential violence, 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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