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Iraq
Basra protests: 1 killed by security gunfire, gate blocked at Umm Qasr port
2018-09-06


Protester killed, as security forces open heavy fire to disperse demonstrations in Basra

Basra (IraqiNews.com) A protester has been killed in Basra province as security troops opened fire to disperse demonstrations on Wednesday.

One of the protester was killed as he was shot by security forces in his head, Alghad Press reported.

News reports said security troops have opened fire against protesters in the vicinity of the local government building to disperse the demonstrations, a local source from Basra said on Wednesday.

Speaking to Baghdad Today, the source said “protests are ongoing in the vicinity of Basra provincial council.”

Security troops, according to the source, who preferred anonymity, “are attempting dispersal of the protests through opening fire heavily against protesters, in addition to using tear gas bombs that cause them asphyxia.”

Iraqi protesters block gate to Umm Qasr port

[AlAhrqm] Protesters blocked the entrance to Iraq's Umm Qasr commodities port on Wednesday to demand better services, said port employees and local government officials, raising the stakes in some of the worst unrest in southern cities in months.

The move came hours after protesters set fire to the main government building in the oil hub of Basra.
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