UN calls for an end to loss of life in Iraq as death toll from anti-govt protests nears 100

The United Nations has called for an end to the loss of life in Iraq as the death toll from anti-government protests nears 100.

Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, said five days of deaths and injuries must stop. She said those responsible for the loss of life should be brought to justice.

Meanwhile, security forces broke up a mass rally in the east of Baghdad yesterday. Five people are said to have died in the latest clashes in the capital. Security forces are again reported to have used live rounds and tear gas.

Demonstrators claim they are taking a stand against unemployment, poor public services and corruption in the country.

The Iraqi parliament’s human rights commission said at least 99 people had died and nearly 4,000 had been wounded since protests began in the capital on Tuesday before spreading to the south of Iraq.

The Hindu

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