At least 42 people were wounded when Iraqi security forces used tear gas to disperse protesters in Baghdad on Sunday, October 27. Thousands of protesters reportedly gathered in Tahrir Square on Sunday and made multiple attempts to move toward Baghdad's Green Zone despite being repeatedly pushed back by security forces. At least 69 Iraqis have been killed since Friday, October 25, amid ongoing nationwide anti-government protests. Some protesters are reportedly still gathered in Tahrir Square as of Sunday night (local time).
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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