Iraq: Army on the streets to apply Basra curfew after violent protests

Security forces were deployed in the Iraqi city of Basra before the city officials eventually lifted a curfew imposed following violent protests that have rocked the city and caused the death of at least 12 people. Soldiers and army vehicles were deployed to the streets for a curfew that was put in place by city officials beginning from 20:00 local time (17:00 GMT). The streets were empty and... Еще stores closed down before the curfew even though the officials lifted it before starting. Activists paused demonstrations for Saturday. Protesters set the Iranian consulate ablaze on Friday after protests that started on July turned violent following the death of a 26-year-old activist. The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi received pressure from the two leading parties to resign due to the Basra unrest. Protests in the oil-rich province of Basra began in July and have been ongoing amid economic hardships, high unemployment rates and poor municipal services in the country.

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