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Protesters Set Iranian Consulate Building in Najaf on Fire for 2nd Time in a Week - Reports

© REUTERS / STRINGER Iranian consulate in Najaf, Iraq
 Iranian consulate in Najaf, Iraq - Sputnik International
Dozens of demonstrators were injured in clashes with security officers close to the Iranian consulate in Najaf on 28 November.

Demonstrators have reportedly set the Iranian consulate building in the Iraqi city of Najaf on fire for the second time in a week as violent protests rock Iraq’s southern regions.

Protesters, mostly young people, have reportedly accused the Iraqi elites of being corrupt and serving the interests of foreign powers, especially Iran, while the country is plagued by endemic poverty and mass unemployment.

​​The reports come after demonstrators broke into the Iranian consulate building in Najaf and torched it a few days ago. The situation prompted the authorities to declare a curfew in Najaf province. On 29 November, media reported that at least 45 demonstrators had been shot dead by security forces and 152 others had been injured during violent protests in the south of Iraq and the country’s capital of Baghdad.

Demonstrations reportedly continued in Basra and Nasiriyah, where the largest oilfields are located. In Kut, Basra, Hilla and Najaf, the protesters held peaceful sit-in demonstrations.

More than 350 people were killed and about 15,000 people have been wounded since the beginning of the protests in southern Iraq. The demonstrators are rallying against corruption, low living standards, and unemployment.

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