BAGDAD, 26 (Reuters / EP)
At least five people have died and 101 others have been injured this Saturday in Iraq during the new outbreak of clashes between police and protesters in several Iraqi cities, medical sources have reported.
With this balance, there are now 57 total deaths and more than 2,000 injured during the last 48 hours throughout the country due to riots and police repression in the context of demonstrations against the Iraqi government over living conditions.
Two of the deceased have been confirmed as residents of Nasiriyah, in southern Iraq and one of the most conflictive points of the demonstrations, where a few hours ago a crowd was repelled by police when they assaulted the home of a government official local. Another 17 people have been injured.
In the capital, Baghdad, there is evidence of at least three dead and 84 wounded, most of them with signs of impacts of tear gas cans fired by the Police when they tried to approach the Green Zone, the enclosure that houses embassies and headquarters of the Iraqi Government.
The tension is rising as the hours go by, after the Iraqi Ministry of Interior promised an even stronger response against any popular uprising.