Hundreds of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) terrorists have entered Basra province in the past few hours and beaten protesters and arrested dozens of them, according to reports.
Iranian Commander of IRGC's Quds Force Qasem Soleimani summoned at least 1,600 members of the IRGC to contain the Iraqi uprising and take control of oil fields, which is part of Tehran's plan, reports said.
Observers said hundreds of elements of the IRGC had entered Basra through Shalamcheh border crossing with military vehicles, aiming to seize control of Basra after protesters attacked on Iranian parties' headquarters.
The IRGC will enter other important southern provinces, including Karbala, Najaf and Maysan provinces in the coming days, as Iran aims to quell protests and seize control over oil fields, according to observers.
Iranian military vehicles carrying more than 1,600 members of the IRGC and intelligence service entered Basra three days ago and attacked protesters in southern Iraq, sources at the Shalamcheh border crossing between Iraq and Iran said.
The sources explained that the IRGC are stationed at the headquarters of Iranian militias and parties in Basra, before heading to Najaf and the city of Amara.
Basra Operations Command imposed a curfew in the province, as a result of the popular protests, but activists said they would not abide by it.
Protests continue in several cities due to poor living conditions and spread to several provinces, while the authorities raised the state of security alert and vowed to take tough measures against what they described as infiltrators.
While, security sources said that elements of the IRGC are the ones who suppressed the protesters in Basra, Najaf and Amara.
A senior security source said that Iranian-backed Badr militia fired live rounds at the protesters in front of Basra provincial building, leaving dozens of protesters wounded.
Another security source explained that Badr militia carried out large-scale arrests of protesters in Basra, noting that the detainees were transferred to an unknown location.
Experts told The Baghdad Post that the entry of elements of the IRGC to southern Iraqi provinces would result in bloodshed and chaos.