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VIDEO: Protesters storm Iranian consulate in Iraq’s Basra, take down flag

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Protesters stormed the Iranian consulate in Iraq’s southern oil hub Basra on Friday, local security sources said.

The consulate is in the upscale neighborhood of al-Barda’iya, southeast of the city center.

Demonstrators have targeted local government buildings and political party offices since protests intensified on Monday.

The Iraqi government has declared a state of maximum emergency in Baghdad and curfew in Basra.

Al Arabiya's correspondent reported late on Friday that a large special force entered Basra to impose security in the city, after a day of protests and destruction till late evening, as angry demonstrators stormed and burned down the Iranian consulate.