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Security forces disperse protest in Basra

Iraq protests

Iraqi security forces have dispersed demonstration that was held on Friday in Basra province to protest against lack of basic services.

Earlier on Friday, media sources said that southern, central provinces and the capital Baghdad will witness massive protests.

A number of Iraqi cities and provinces, including Basra, Maysan, Dhi Qar, Babil, Diwaniyah, Wassit, Najaf, Muthanna and Karbala are witnessing mass demonstrations and sit-ins to protest against shortage of jobs, electricity, water and basic services.

Some demonstrators broke into and attacked several local government headquarters in these provinces during the current period.

On Monday, Iraq High Commission for Human Rights announced that 14 people were killed during the protests and 742 were wounded, including 470 protesters and 275 security personnel.

Activists expressed concern the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps militia exploits the ongoing turmoil to spread terror and hamper oil transfers.