ERBIL — A teenager was killed during Monday’s protests in the southern Iraqi province of Dhi Qar where hundreds of people gathered to call for the resignation of the local government.
The victim, a boy under 20, was killed by a live bullet after protesters clashed with the security forces, sources said, confirming that four other protesters were wounded.
A medical source told AFP that also 12 security personnel were wounded during the violent clash.
BasNews previously reported that protesters had set fire to the office of Dhi Qar governor, asking for his resignation as he was blamed for poor public services.
Dhi Qar authorities announced a strict curfew in all major cities across the province to prevent further rallies.
Anti-government protests first broke out in Iraq in October 2019 over unemployment, lack of public services, and corruption. The first wave of protests, which was violently responded by the security forces, left over 600 casualties with thousands injured or detained.