Anti-government protests in the southern city of Nasiriyah, Iraq, left one police officer and two demonstrators dead on Sunday, the Iraqi Army said.
The policeman was “killed by a bullet to the head,” a medic in Nasiriyah told Agence France-Presse (AFP) on January 10, the third consecutive day of the city’s protests.
Iraq’s military later confirmed the death, adding, “thirty-three other policemen were wounded in the events of the day,” without providing further detail.
Iraqi security forces allegedly “opened fire to disperse demonstrators – including some throwing stones” from Nasiriyah’s Habbubi Square on Sunday according to AFP, which cited eyewitness accounts.
Two demonstrators were also killed on January 10, according to the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR), which says it is funded by the Iraqi federal government but operationally independent.
The IHCHR posted a statement to its official Facebook page on Sunday condemning “the state of security chaos in Dhi Qar Governorate,” of which Nasiriyah is