Protests in Iraq’s city of Najaf halt after agreement between govt, protestors

Protests in Iraq’s city of Najaf halted on Monday after an agreement between the government and demonstrators was reached.

Iraqi President Barham Ahmed Salih stressed on Monday the need for security officials to comply with orders which prohibit live ammunition being used against demonstrators.

On Sunday, authorities said there were small protests that dispersed without violent outbreaks in Diwaniya and in the holy city of Najaf.

“Security forces did all they could to preserve the safety of the protesters and security personnel,” Interior Ministry spokesman Major General Saad Maan said. “We express our deep regret over the bloodshed.”

At least 110 people have been killed across Iraq and more than 6,000 wounded, with protesters demanding the removal of Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi and a government they accuse of corruption.

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