Joint Operations: 262 security personnel wounded in protests in southern provinces

Protesters gather near the main provincial government building in Basra, Iraq July 15, 2018. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani

Baghdad ( The Iraqi Joint Operations Command has announced the total number of security personnel wounded during protests that have been staged in the southern provinces.

In a press conference on Tuesday, Brig. Gen. Yahia Rasool, spokesperson for the command, said “security troops are wisely dealing with the protesters,” highlighting necessity “not to be affected by whoever tries to confront security forces.”

The instructions, according to Rasool, “included abstaining from the use of live ammunition against protesters.” The number of wounded security personnel “reached 262 persons including officers and conscripts. Six of them were in critical condition, while 30 are still being treated in hospitals.”

Regarding the situation in the provinces on Monday, Rasool said “Najaf and Babel saw security stability without any protests,” adding that “life returned to normal in Maysan and Karbala.”

“Dhi Qar saw four protests that ended without confrontations with security,” he said adding “Baghdad witnessed gathering in al-Baladiyat region, which was dispersed. Another gathering was wisely handled in al-Shoala.”

No protests were staged in Muthanna, he said adding “in Basra, there were two sit-in. One of them was near al-Qurna field, while the other was near al-Siba gas station. One of them was ended.”

Mass protests were staged on Friday, while hundreds of Iraqis stormed the airport, suspending the fights due to poor services offered by the government and corruption.

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