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Iraq on fire as protests spread across the south

Protests have escalated in Baghdad for the third day in a row, spreading toward southern Iraqi cities.
Demonstrators gather at a protest during a curfew, two days after the nationwide anti-government protests turned violent, in Baghdad, Iraq October 3, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani - RC13C337CE70

Violent protests continued in Baghdad and other southern Iraqi cities for the third day in a row. After several were killed and hundreds were injured in the protests Oct. 1-2, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi declared on Oct. 3 a curfew in Baghdad and three other cities in the south.

“All vehicles and individuals are totally forbidden to move in Baghdad as of 5 a.m. today, Thursday, and until further notice,” Abdul Mahdi said in a statement.

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