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Iraqis hold protest to demand jobs in northern Basra

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Members of committees organizing sit-ins and protests have organized a protest in Imam Al-Sadek district, northern Basra province.

 

The protest was held in front of the provincial council building in the district to demand job opportunities and enhanced basic services.

 

Spokesman for the committees Ali Al-Mansouri said the protesters have submitted their demands to the provincial government, adding that if the government did not meet the protesters' demands they will take escalation steps in the coming period.

 

Basra is witnessing mass demonstrations and sit-ins to protest against shortage of jobs and electricity, as well as water pollution and deterioration of basic services.

On Saturday, The Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR) office in Basra warned of the critical situation in the province due to the lack of services, pointing out that more than 17,000 to 18,000 residents have been poisoned by heavily polluted and salty drinking water.

In a press statement released on Saturday, Mahdy al-Tamimi, head of the IHCHR's office urged the two Iraqi central and local governments to take urgent steps as soon as possible to help in alleviating the sufferings of Basra residents, who are demanding their legitimate rights.

Last Modified: Monday، 03 September 2018 12:49 PM
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