63 killed, more than 2,500 injured in Iraq protests in 2 days

In Iraq, 63 people have been killed and more than 2,500 people injured across the country during two days of the anti-government protests.

The Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights yesterday said that the number of killed protesters reached 63 in the provinces of Baghdad, Maysan, Dhi Qar, Basra, Muthanna, Al Diwaniyah and Babil and as many as 2,595 people were injured in the protests.

According to the human rights watchdog, 83 governmental agencies’ buildings and offices of political parties were damaged during the two days of protests.

The demonstrators call on the government to resign, and demand economic reforms and fighting against corruption.

As the protests resumed on Friday, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said that he would carry out a cabinet reshuffle and introduce changes to election laws.

Mahdi said that the government’s resignation, demanded by protesters, would throw the country in chaos.


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