Death toll from anti-government protests climbs to 18 in Iraq

AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

A curfew is in effect in the Iraqi capital Baghdad two days after anti-government protests turned violent and left 18 people dead.

Social media platforms and internet access have been blocked in some areas, as Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi mounts a massive security operation to quash the protests.

Abdul Mahdi ordered a curfew in Baghdad from 5:00 am (0200 GMT) on Thursday until further notice.

Travellers to and from Baghdad airport, ambulances, government employees and religious pilgrims are exempt from the curfew, the statement said.

The protests - over jobs, services and government corruption - are the biggest against Abdul Mahdi's government since it took office nearly a year ago.

 

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