Iraq .. Protests and wide roads blockage

Iraqi cities are witnessing massive protests accompanied by security incidents and road blockages, in response to the call of the popular movement in Iraq to escalate today.

Iraqi Alsumaria News reported that the international highway linking Baghdad and the southern governorates was blocked.

Al-Sumaria quoted a security source as saying: "This morning, demonstrators blocked the international highway linking Baghdad and the southern governorates, to the traffic."

He added that "emergency situations and wheels carrying foodstuffs were allowed to pass."

In Karbala, protesters this morning blocked Dariba bridge and Ramadan district in the city center, and traffic ceased.

In Karbala, Iraqi security forces used live bullets and tear gas to disperse the demonstrators, resulting in injuries, while a massive arrest campaign was launched among the demonstrators in the center of the governorate.

Protesters closed the main gate of Najaf International Airport by burning tires, while groups closed the doors of government departments in the province, in an effort to prevent employees from going to their departments.

He called the popular movement in Iraq to escalate on the 20th of January, which coincides with the expiry of the deadlines granted to the authorities to achieve the demands of citizens, especially in the southern provinces.

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