At least 12 killed near burnt Iranian consulate in Iraq’s Najaf: Sources

Security forces try to disperse anti-government protesters during clashes in Najaf. (AP)

At least 12 protesters were shot dead on Thursday in Iraq’s Najaf, Al Arabiya sources said, in a crackdown near the burnt Iranian consulate.

The torching of the consulate late Wednesday set off a series of bloody events, including a crackdown in the southern hotspot of Nasiriyah that left more than 25 people dead.

Across the country, Iraqi security forces shot dead at least 45 protesters on Thursday after demonstrators stormed and torched an Iranian consulate overnight, in what could mark a turning point in the uprising against the Tehran-backed authorities.

(With AFP)

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:54 - GMT 06:54