The Iraqi Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday that it would initiate investigations into the violent incidents currently witnessing by Basra.
Interior Ministry spokesman, Saad Maan said that investigations would be
initiated in Basra incidents according to the directives of the
commander-in-chief of the armed forces.
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, 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.