Protest in Basra over lack of basic services, turns violence (Video)


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SULAIMANI – A number of people in the city of Basra took to the streets on Thursday (July 12) in protest of shortage of electricity, water and other basic services.

The demonstration, which was held by residents of the West Qurna-1 and West Qurna-2, turned violence after security forces opened fire to disperse protesters.

A number of protesters were wounded by the gunshots of the Iraqi security forces.

Iraqi police on Sunday (July 8) opened fire to disperse dozens of protesters near southern oilfields of Basra, killing one and wounding another eight.

“Protesters were only making fair demands for jobs and better basic services but police opened fire and killed one protester,” local mayor from the Imam Sadiq area where the protesters were, Yaseen al-Battat, said.

Iraqi Interior Ministry ordered the formation of a committee to launch an investigation into the death and injury of the protesters.

“The committee was directed to prepare a report on the incident as soon as possible,” the ministry’s spokesman, Saad Maan said.