- Title: Death toll climbs as Iraq unrest hits Baghdad's volatile Sadr City
- Date: 7th October 2019
- Summary: BAGHDAD, IRAQ (OCTOBER 7, 2019) (REUTERS) POLICE AND ARMOURED VEHICLES MOBILIZED ON SIDE OF ROAD / TRAFFIC DRIVING PAST IRAQ FEDERAL POLICE OFFICER WALKING NEAR ARMOURED VEHICLES PARKED ON SIDE OF ROAD, IRAQ FLAG ON VEHICLE VARIOUS OF FEDERAL POLICE ARMOURED VEHICLES PARKED VARIOUS OF TRAFFIC PASSING ARMOURED VEHICLES BAGHDAD, IRAQ (OCTOBER 7, 2019) (REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) VARIOUS OF BAGHDAD RESIDENTS GATHERED IN SQUARE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNNAMED BAGHDAD RESIDENT, SAYING: "These protesters have been protesting for seven days. Nothing happened and they did no deliver our demands. We want the government to resign all in all. We do not want it. All the government." PROTESTERS CHANTING (Arabic): "LONG LIVE IRAQ" (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNNAMED BAGHDAD RESIDENT, SAYING: "We are calling on the people and the army to stand by us. Our revolution will continue until the regime falls. We have demands and they make promises but they do not fulfil them." VEHICLES DRIVING IN BAGHDAD SQUARE
- Embargoed: 21st October 2019 19:45
- Keywords: Iraq protests Baghdad Sadr City Iraqi federal police deployed
- Location: BAGHDAD, IRAQ
- City: BAGHDAD, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA001B03NC5J
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Iraqi federal police deployed armoured vehicles in Baghdad on Monday (October 7) after days of violent protests saw 110 killed and more than 6,000 injured across Iraq.
At least 15 people were killed in clashes between Iraqi security forces and protesters in Baghdad's Sadr City district overnight as violence from a week-long nationwide uprising swept through the vast, poor swathe of the capital for the first time.
The spread of the violence into Sadr City on Sunday (October 6) night poses a new security challenge for authorities dealing with the worst violence in the country since Islamic State was defeated nearly two years ago.
Unrest is historically difficult to put down in Sadr City, a volatile district where about a third of Baghdad's eight million people live in narrow alleys, many with little access to electricity, water and jobs.
Protesters said the government has not fulfilled any of the demands, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.
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