Police in Iraq's southern province of Dhi Qar were instructed to withdraw and follow up on the situation on Friday, following protests in the province, a security source told Al Arabiya.
Dhi Qar province, particularly its capital Nasiriyah, has witnessed some of the most intense clashes between protesters and Iraqi security forces during the ongoing demonstrations which have gripped the country since early October.
The order comes the night after thirteen people were killed in in one of the “worst” days of clashes in the country’s south, according to officials.
Several roads remain blocked by protesters in Basra, as well as bridges and roads in Najaf.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International said that there have been shocking developments as a result of a wave of violence against demonstrators in Basra. It also accused the Iraqi security forces of ignoring protesters' lives and freedom of expression.
Elsewhere in the south, protesters had previously cut roads leading to Umm Qasr, the country’s main commodities port, halting all trade activity. Security forces cleared the area of protesters on Thursday, with at least two protesters killed.
The al-Shayeb border crossing has been reopened for people traveling from Iraq to Iran, the border authority announced on Monday.
A statement issued by the authority received by the Iraqi News Agency stated that “the Al-Shayeb border crossing is re-opened after being closed on November 16, 2019.”
The closure, at the request of the Iranian side, was caused by protests in Iran.
The Iraqi News Agency also reported that a group of “outlaws” targeted security forces with hand grenades and Molotov cocktails in the Hafez al-Qadi area in Baghdad, injuring 11.
It added that security forces made several arrests after the incident.
In the meantime, the Iranian Foreign Ministry is advising its citizens not to travel to Iraq anytime soon, reported the official IRNA news agency.
Iraq’s Commission of Integrity on Monday also rejected granting a pardon to the governor of Babil province and issued an arrest warrant against him on the back of corruption allegations.
Mahmoud Al-Mulla Talal, the vice president of the National Wisdom Movement (NWM), has also been arrested in Baghdad for taking bribes.
Iraqi MP Ahmed al-Jubouri has also been arrested after the issuance of an arrest warrant against him. He is charged with misappropriating funds during his tenure as Salaheddine governor.
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