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16 nov. 2019 | 14h09 UTC

Iraq: Sit-in reported at central bridge in Baghdad November 16 /update 50

Iraq Alerte de sécurité

Protesters gather at Al-Sinak bridge in Baghdad as of November 16; associated disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 16/11/2019, 12h00 until 19/11/2019, 11h59 (Asia/Baghdad). COUNTRY/REGION Baghdad, Iraq, Al-Sinak Bridge, Tahrir Square

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Event

Protesters have gathered at the Sinak bridge in Baghdad as of Saturday, November 16, in an attempt to occupy the bridge after security forces left the area in the morning (local time). Security forces had previously prevented in protest from taking place near the bridge, forcibly dispersing protesters. A demonstration has also been reported at the nearby Tahrir Square.

Heightened security measures and disruptions to transportation and businesses are to be expected in Baghdad and other major urban centers over the coming days as protests continue. Disruptions to internet and telecommunications services are also expected to continue amid the unrest. Clashes between protesters and security forces are likely around the protest sites.

Context

Demonstrations broke out on October 1 to protest perceived government corruption, inadequate provision of public services, and a lack of job opportunities. Following weeks of relative calm, demonstrations violently resumed on October 24-25, coinciding with the deadline issued by Grand Ayatollah Sistani to the government to produce a report on who in the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) was responsible for firing at civilians during previous demonstrations. More than 300 people have been killed and 10,000 wounded since protests began. On October 31, President Barham Saleh announced that Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi agreed to resign if the Iraqi parliament's party blocs can agree on a replacement.

Advice

Individuals in Baghdad and across Iraq are advised to closely monitor the situation, avoid all protests and large public gatherings due to potential violence, prepare for disruptions to transportation and business in areas affected by anti-government demonstrations, 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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