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At least 73 dead and more than 3,000 injured by protests in Iraq, according to semi-official humanitarian sources

October 5, 2019

BAGDAD, Oct. 5 (DPA / EP) –

At least 73 people have died and more than 3,000 have been injured since the beginning of the violent anti-government protests that have shocked Iraq this week, as reported by the Iraq High Commission for Human Rights, a group of humanitarian observers of character semiofficial.

The majority of those killed are civilians although there are also six police officers killed since the outbreak of protests last Tuesday, as reported by one of the leaders of the organization, Ali al Bayati.

This new balance, which significantly increases previous estimates, has been released hours after Iraq's Prime Minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, lifted the curfew over the country's capital, Baghdad, imposed Thursday in response to the Protests against the Government of the country for the critical economic situation, unemployment and corruption.

The curfew in the city has been suspended around 04.00 this morning, Spanish peninsular time, according to the official media cited by the Al Jazeera pan-Arab chain, although at the moment it seems to remain in force in other cities of the country.

This crisis represents the biggest challenge the prime minister has faced, which came to power last year with the support of the Shiite parties that govern Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.