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Funerals held for 2 killed in Baghdad's Friday protests

AP , Saturday 21 May 2016
Members of the Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigades), a group formed by Iraqi Shia Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, escort the cars carrying the coffins of the anti-government protesters, who were killed the day before during clashes with the security forces guarding the heavily-fortified Green Zone compound, on May 21, 2016 in the capital Baghdad ahead of their funeral in Najaf. (Photo: AFP)
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Hundreds gathered in Baghdad's Sadr City as families held funerals for two people killed in Friday's protests. The coffins for the two men were hoisted above the crowds of mourners before being driven to Najaf for burial.

The men were killed Friday after thousands, mostly supporters of powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, surged up to the walls of Baghdad's highly fortified Green Zone compound.

Security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition into the crowd when hundreds breached the compound and entered the Prime Minister's offices and Parliament.

Police and hospital officials said more than a hundred protesters were injured, five seriously.

Friday's breach was the second time in just a month that protesters managed to overrun the compound that's home to most of Iraq's ministries and foreign embassies.

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