Iraq

At least 104 Iraqis killed, 6,000 injured in week of unrest

An Iraqi demonstrator.
An Iraqi demonstrator. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

At least 104 Iraqis have been killed and more than 6,000 have been wounded in less than a week of political unrest, Interior Ministry spokesperson Maj. Gen. Saad Maan said on state TV on Sunday, according to Reuters.

Why it matters: Protesters have been demonstrating against governmental corruption, unemployment and a lack of basic services, and they have called on Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi to step down. The government has responded by restricting access to the internet, imposing a curfew and deploying security forces that have fired on demonstrators.

At least 70 Iraqi protesters killed amid calls for prime minister to step down

Iraqi protester gestures in front of armed forces
Photo: Hussein Faleh/AFP/Getty Images

At least 70 Iraqis have died as thousands of protestors continue to demonstrate and call for Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi to step down, reports BBC.

Why it matters: These demonstrations are the "most serious" since 2016, and mark the largest public display of anger directed at Mahdi since he took office nearly a year ago, notes the Financial Times. Protesters, now in their 5th consecutive day, are demanding he resign amid a 25% youth unemployment rate, growing allegations of corruption and a lack of access to public services, according BBC.