Gunmen kill protesters in Baghdad, Tensions flare

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Iraq officials have disclosed the death toll to 25 on Sunday after attacks by unidentified gunmen who targeted anti-government demonstrators near the main protest camp in Baghdad.

More than 130 others were also wounded by gunfire and stabbings near Tahrir Square on Friday night, the main protest camp in the Iraqi capital.

It was the most violent flare-up for weeks and came a week after parliament accepted Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s resignation following two months of huge protests demanding his departure and the overhaul of the country’s political system.

Iraq’s parliament was to hold an emergency session on Sunday to discuss the bloodshed.

 

Zainab Sa’id