Security forces forcibly dispersed protesting graduates in Baghdad on Monday, November 2. Hundreds of graduates had gathered to protest outside the Ministry of Health in Rusafa district to demonstrate over a lack of employment opportunities. A number of protesters received minor injuries in the incident.
Further unrest over the issue is likely in the near term. Any demonstrations are likely to be accompanied by a heightened security presence and localized disruptions to transport.
Those in Iraq are advised to closely monitor the situation, avoid all protests and large public gatherings, anticipate disruptions to transportation and services in areas affected by 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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