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Protesters block Basra's West Qurna oil field road, demand jobs

Iraqi protesters

Hundreds of Basra protesters have blocked on Sunday the main road leading to West Qurna oil field.

Protesters called on the government to provide jobs opportunities for Basra's residents in oil companies, which rely on foreign workers.

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.

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.