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

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.

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