The internation community on Saturday condemned the overnight attack by unidentified gunmen that left more than a dozen people dead.
The European Union ambassador to Iraq Martin Huth on Saturday said on Twitter that the he was “outraged and deeply saddened at last night's killings of scores of protesters and security forces by criminal elements.”
Outraged and deeply saddened at last night's killings of scores of protesters and security forces by criminal elements / الطرف الثالث. Who are the real مخربون ?— Martin Huth (@EUAmbIraq) December 7, 2019
The French Embassy in Iraq also condemned the attacks that targeted anti-government demonstrators and called for the assailants to be brought to justice.
The British Ambassador to Iraq Stephen Hickey on Twitter said, “I condemn yesterday’s attack on the peaceful protesters and I offer my sincere condolences to the families of the victims and my best wishes for recovery to those wounded. I call on the government to do more to protect demonstrators and take urgent measures to hold the perpetrators accountable.”
In a series of tweets, the US Embassy in Baghdad condemned the attack, and called on the Iraqi government to protect demonstrators.
Last night's wanton violence against unarmed demonstrators was appalling and horrific. Peaceful demonstrators must have the right to express their views without risk of harm and the Iraqi government has an obligation to protect them.— U.S. Embassy Baghdad (@USEmbBaghdad) December 7, 2019
Call on the government to take additional steps to protect the demonstrators and hold the perpetrators of last night's attacks accountable.— U.S. Embassy Baghdad (@USEmbBaghdad) December 7, 2019
The assailants briefly ousted demonstrators from a building they had occupied for weeks in Baghdad, despite the presence of security forces nearby who did not intervene.
Iraqi officials raised Friday’s death toll to 25 protesters killed and over 130 wounded, after a bloody night of attacks by unknown gunmen that targeted anti-government demonstrators in the capital city.
The health and security officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.