- Title: Iraq unrest death toll rises to over 100, more than 6,000 wounded
- Date: 6th October 2019
- Summary: NASSIRIYA, IRAQ (OCTOBER 4, 2019) (REUTERS) DEMONSTRATORS RUNNING AWAY FROM GUN FIRE DURING PROTEST (AUDIO OF GUNSHOTS) RIOT POLICE MOVING DOWN STREET LITTERED WITH DEBRIS FROM PROTEST (AUDIO OF GUNSHOTS) PROTESTERS RUNNING, WAVING IRAQI FLAGS (AUDIO OF GUN FIRE)
- Embargoed: 20th October 2019 18:35
- Keywords: Iraq unrest death toll announced Iraq protests Iraq civil unrest protests
- Location: NASSIRIYA AND BAGHDAD, IRAQ
- City: NASSIRIYA AND BAGHDAD, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA001AZYKZ0N
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- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: PART QUALITY AS INCOMING
The death toll in five days of clashes between Iraqi police and protesters rose to over 100 on Sunday (October 6), and the government struggled to appease public anger over corruption and unemployment by announcing reforms.
The Interior Ministry said the tolls now stood at 104 killed and more than 6,000 wounded in violence that began on Tuesday (October 1) but denied that government forces had shot directly at demonstrators. The dead included eight members of the security forces.
The protests pose the biggest security and political challenge for Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi's government since it took power a year ago, and have revived fears of a new spiral of violence that could suck in influential militia groups.
Two years after oil-producing Iraq declared the defeat of Islamic State, security has improved but corruption is rampant, wrecked infrastructure has not been rebuilt, and jobs are scarce.
(Production: Mostafa Salem, Louisa Naks)
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