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.
The altercations on two key bridges in the Iraqi capital also left at least 44 people wounded, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. Both bridges appeared to be calm by morning hours.
Separately, a Katyusha rocket landed near the fortified Green Zone, Iraq’s seat of government, police officials said. There were no casualties from the incident. Last week two rockets landed in Tigris river and a stadium, both near the Green Zone.
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