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18 die during break up of Iraq’s Karbala protests

18 die during break up of Iraq’s Karbala protests
Report informs citing the Al Arabiya.

At least 18 people were killed during the break up of a sit-in by protesters in Iraq’s Karbala early Tuesday morning, Report informs citing the Al Arabiya.

Demonstrators accused security forces of running over protesters and shooting live gunfire to disband the sit-ins fueled by anger at corruption, economic stagnation and poor public services.

Earlier reports said that at least two anti-government protesters were killed and 105 were wounded in clashes with security forces in central Baghdad on Monday as thousands of students took to the streets in defiance of a government order and tear gas from security forces.

Security forces have fired tear gas and stun grenades on Monday night to keep protesters from crossing a main bridge leading to the Green Zone, home to government offices and embassies.

At least 72 protesters have been killed since nationwide anti-government protests resumed on Friday, after 149 were killed during an earlier wave of protests this month.

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