Iraqi Military Battles Riot Police in Gunfight Resulting in 2 Deaths at Nasiriyah Protest

Thousands of protesters converged on al-Haboubi Square in Nasiriyah, to protest against the Iraqi government’s repression of anti-corruption activists and the implementation of a curfew in several cities. Riot police then opened fire on the protesters, and, bizarrely, the Iraqi military began exchanging gunfire with riot police, resulting in at least 1 death on each side.

The military barricaded several roads to protect demonstrators, and directed them to shelters, continuing the battle with riot police before forcing them to flee and securing the city for protesters to march through once again.

Credits to Ehab Al Obaidy.

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