Unrests in Iraq; 5 killed, dozens wounded

iraq-57 policemen, 2 civilians wounded in Baghdad protests

Seven policemen and two civilians were wounded in mass protests in al-Tahrir Square in central Baghdad on Friday, according to the Baghdad Operations Command.

“Demonstrators hurled stones at policemen in al-Tahrir Square, central Baghdad, on Feb. 25, leaving seven  wounded,” the semi-official al-Iraqiya TV quoted the BOC in a statement.

“Two civilian protesters were also wounded, in the incidents,” he added.

23 policemen wounded in Kirkuk protests

Clashes in Kirkuk on Friday left 23 policemen and a correspondent for a Kurdish TV channel wounded, according to a medic in the northern Iraq city.

“Twenty-three policemen were wounded when protesters pelted stones at them during demonstrations in the city,” the medic, who is at the Kirkuk Public Hospital, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

“A correspondent for a Kurdish TV channel was also wounded in the incidents,” he added.

The oil-rich Kirkuk, a city of mixed Arab, Kurdish and Turkmen population, lies 250 km northeast of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Mosul protests leave 5 killed, 15 wounded

The final count of casualties resulting from Friday’s demonstrations in Mosul city is five deaths and 15 wounded, according to a local security source in Ninewa.

“Clashes that followed demonstrations off the Ninewa provincial building on Friday left five people killed and 15 others wounded,” the source said.

“The injuries were the result of shooting, shrapnel and stun bombs,” he added, not giving further details.

Mosul, the capital city of the violence-ridden multi-ethnic province of Ninewa, lies 405 km north of Baghdad.

39 policemen wounded in Basra, curfew announced

Thirty-nine policemen were wounded in protests in Basra on Friday as security officials announced a curfew in the southern Iraq province until 06:00 a.m. Saturday, a police source said.

“The Basra Operations Command announced a curfew starting from 04:00 p.m. Friday until 06:00 a.m. Saturday,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

“The tally of wounded policemen in today’s demonstrations reached 39,” he added.

The oil-rich port city of Basra, Iraq’s only outlet to waterways, lies 590 km south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

16 protesters wounded after storming govt. compound in Falluja

Sixteen demonstrators in al-Falluja were wounded in a random shooting by security forces after they stormed a government compound in the city, an informed source said.

“A number of protesters raided the compound, that includes the mayoralty and the local council, and set their content ablaze,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

“Security forces opened fire randomly at the protesters, leaving 16 wounded,” he added.

Falluja, the largest city in the troubled predominantly Sunni province of al-Anbar, lies 45 km northwest of Baghdad.

Demonstrators set fire to Ninewa provincial council building

Protestors set fire to the Ninewa provincial council building on Friday shortly after storming it, Aswat al-Iraq news agency correspondent said.

Hundreds of protestors had stormed the building, while others raised Iraqi flags over its roof.

Security forces remained peaceful and did not open fire on the angry men.

Two protestors were killed and five others were wounded in acts of violence accompanied protests in Ninewa on Friday, a security source said.

“Two protestors were killed by unknown person in the protest staged in the city of Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, noting that the protest continue despite casualties.

“A sound bomb was thrown at protestors in front of the Ninewa province building, injuring five,” a source from the Ninewa Operations Command said.

5 protestors wounded in clashes with security in Salah al-Din

Five protestors were wounded in clashes with security forces after an attempt to storm the local council in Soliman Bek district, northeast of Salah al-Din, a source from the operations command said on Friday.

“More than 250 protestors attempted to enter the Soliman Bek council in Touz Khourmato, east of Tikrit, and clashed with security forces, during which five protestors were wounded,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

A source had said earlier that scores of protestors went to streets in Soliman Bek district, calling for fighting administrative corruption and improving services.

Tikrit, the capital of Salah al-Din, lies 175 km north of Baghdad.

Hundreds call for better services in Kut

Hundreds of citizens in Kut staged on Friday a massive demonstration in front of the local council, calling for better services and hold corrupt officials accountable.

“The gathering, most of them are young men, raised banners accusing officials of stealing oil revenues and criticizing bad services in the province,” Fadel Aanied, a protestor, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

“They also chanted slogans against Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and against Lawmaker Haydar al-Abadi, who described them as rioters,” he noted.

Kut, the capital of Wassit, is 180 km southeast of Baghdad.

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