Iraqi protesters storm provincial government building in Karbala

This aerial photo shows Shiite pilgrims gather between the holy shrine of Imam Hussein and the holy shrine of Imam Abbas for Arbaeen in Karbala. (File photo: AP)

Protesters stormed the provincial government building in the Iraqi city of Karbala on Saturday, a Reuters witness said.

Protests over poor government services and corruption, which had spread to the Shi'ite holy city on Saturday, entered their sixth consecutive day in several cities in Iraq's southern provinces.

Iraq’s interior ministry has announced a nationwide state of high security alert in response to ongoing protests in the country’s southern provinces over poor government services and corruption.

Al Arabiya News Channel’s correspondent reported power outages in the entire province of Najaf late on Saturday and that security forces have declared a curfew.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53