Iraqi protesters carry away an injured comrade amid clashes with riot police in Baghdad. AFP
Iraqi security officials say at least 27 protesters have been wounded in renewed clashes overnight in central Baghdad.
The officials say the clashes occurred between 4am and 5am on Wednesday near the Ahrar Bridge in the center of the capital. They spoke on condition of anonymity under regulations.
Iraqis carry a protester wounded after clashes with security forces at the capital Baghdad. AFP
Iraqi security forces used tear gas to repel demonstrators from advancing to the fortified Green Zone, the seat of government. There were no fatalities.
The protesters had occupied one side of the bridge, with security forces deployed on the other.
Iraqi volunteers help a protester who was struck by a tear gas canister fired by Iraqi security forces in Baghdad. AFP
At least 320 protesters have been killed and thousands wounded since the unrest began on Oct. 1, when tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets outraged by government corruption and poor basic services despite Iraq’s vast oil wealth.
Security forces used live fire against protesters near Shuhada Bridge in central Baghdad. Gunfire was used against demonstrators in Basra, the main source of Iraq's oil wealth, who had staged a days-long sit-in.
A fresh wave of demonstrations has rocked Baghdad and other Iraqi provinces since Friday against government corruption. Authorities have imposed curfew in Karbala as anti-government protests continued in the southern city.
Protesters had gathered on a bridge in the city and security forces shot live ammunition to disperse them, the sources said. More than 100 other people were wounded in clashes in Nassiriya, they said.
Al Araimi was stabbed to death by a few masked men at the Knightsbridge area, near the famous Harrods Store, in the British capital.
Smoke haze from bushfires raging in Australia spread to the capital Sunday, as firefighters raced to contain more than 140 blazes ahead of a heatwave forecast early this week.
Firefighters fought the blaze from 100 meters (yards) away because it broke out in one of the area's many alleyways, tangled in electrical wire and too narrow for vehicles to access, authorities at the scene said.