(5 Oct 2019) Iraqi officials say five people have been killed in renewed anti-government protests in the Iraqi capital after security forces fired on them on a fifth day of unrest.
Health and police officials said a protester was killed in the Zafaraniya neighbourhood in south Baghdad on Saturday, and 13 were wounded.
In central Baghdad, four protesters were killed.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to brief reporters
The protests on Saturday come after a two-day around-the-clock curfew has been lifted and as Iraqi religious leaders appealed for calm.
Iraqi officials also said thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in two southern cities and have set fire to political party offices.
This brings the death toll since the protests began on Tuesday to at least 69.
A semi-official body put the death toll at 94 in Baghdad and southern cities.
Security forces have responded with live ammunition and tear gas to the unprecedented popular anger, sparked by lack of jobs, and endemic corruption in the oil-rich country.
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