Iraqi forces try to open streets and casualties among the sit-in

Media outlets reported that Iraqi security forces advanced toward the sit-in in Tahrir Square, and shot protesters, causing injuries.

Reuters news agency said that the Iraqi security forces advanced towards Tahrir Square, the main sit-in in Baghdad, today, and fired tear gas and live bullets at the protesters.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, as police and medical sources said: Clashes between protesters and the police resulted in the injury of at least seven protesters earlier on Saturday.

State television and security sources said that the Iraqi authorities are removing concrete barriers from al-Khilani Square in Baghdad, and have ordered the reopening of roads at the protest site in Basra.

The Secretary-General of the Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Mohammed al-Bayati, said: The security forces will reopen the Al-Senak Bridge in Baghdad this afternoon.

State television and security sources said that the Iraqi authorities are removing concrete barriers from al-Khilani Square in Baghdad, and have ordered the reopening of roads at the protest site in Basra.

The measures come after a large demonstration called by the Shiite cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr in Baghdad to demand the exit of American forces from Iraq, after which he announced that he had stopped supporting the protest demonstrations.

Hours later, the security forces stormed the protest square in the southern city of Basra, burning a number of tents, and forcibly dispersing the demonstrators.

(T/S)

ANHA


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