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.