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28 February 2020


Iraqi security forces raid Baghdad protest site

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Iraqi security forces have moved against the main anti-government protest site in central Baghdad.

Axar.az informs citing foreign media.

They fired live ammunition and tear gas as they began removing tents and concrete barriers near Tahrir Square and a bridge across the Tigris river, eyewitnesses say.

Several people are reported to have been injured in Saturday's clashes.

Protesters have for months held anti-government demonstrations and camped in the capital.

Saturday's violence comes a day after a separate massive rally in Baghdad against the presence of US forces in the country.

Many protesters in that rally were supporters of powerful Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who had called a million of people to join Friday's march.

The US killing of the top Iranian military commander, Gen Qasem Soleimani, on 3 January at Baghdad airport has fuelled tensions.

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2020.01.25 / 23:36
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