Iraqi security forces kill one, wound seven in Baghdad: sources

As unrest continues
Iraqi demonstrators participate in anti-government protests in Baghdad on December 27, 2019 (Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters)

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SULAIMANI — Iraqi security forces killed one person and wounded seven on Sunday (February 23) when they opened fire on protesters in Baghdad, security and medical sources said according to Reuters.

More than 500 people have been killed since anti-government unrest broke out on October 1, with at least 17,000 wounded. Protesters have called for root-and-branch changes to Iraq’ governance system, which they see as fundamentally corrupt.

The security forces have responded by cracking down on the demonstrations, using live bullets and military grade tear gas cannisters to try to break up the crowds. Activists and journalists have also been singled out for abductions and targeted killings, often by third-party armed groups and militias.

Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi is set to unveil his proposed cabinet this week, with an extraordinary session of the Council of Representatives potentially taking place on Wednesday.

(NRT Digital Media/Reuters)