Police open fire on protesters in central Baghdad

AP , Friday 4 Oct 2019

Police open Fire
A man is seen assisting an injured demonstrator at a protest during a curfew, three days after the nationwide anti-government protests turned violent, in Baghdad, Iraq October 4, 2019. (Photo: Reuters)

Iraqi security forces have again opened fire on protesters gathered in central Baghdad, wounding one person on the fourth day of violence amid anti-government rallies.

The protesters were gathered in a street behind Tayaran Square on Friday, chanting slogans when security forces opened fire. A young man was shot in the leg.

It was the first shooting after Iraq's top Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, earlier in the day called on both sides to cease violence, which has gripped Iraq since Tuesday.

Many across Iraq's predominantly Shia south had looked to the influential cleric for guidance.

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