Anti-government protests have intensified again in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, and security forces opened fire on security forces, killing three people and injuring several others.
Thousands of protesters across the country, including Baghdad, closed key highways and demanded reforms from the government, according to a foreign news agency AFP report.
Demonstrators gathered in Baghdad's symbolic writing square and shouted slogans against the government and called for obeying demands.
According to the report, hundreds of protesters gathered on Tiran Square where security forces clashed with tear gas and firing that resulted in the death of three people.
Hospital officials said two of the 3 victims were shot, while a third citizen had a tear gas fire.
More than 50 people were also injured, he said.
Demonstrators reiterated old demands that under the new electoral rules and in place of Adil Abdul Mahdi, under the chairmanship of an independent prime minister, pre-elections should be held and all corrupt politicians should be held accountable.
Earlier in the day, young protesters blocked the roads with tires on fire and threatened to intensify the protests if demands were not met.
Last week, just one day before the end of a week of delay in reforming the government's promises of reform, the youth arrived at the central protest camp at Baghdad's Tehran Chowk and Tehrik Chowk and burned tires and closed the highways and bridges. ۔
The report, which began on October 1, 2019, has so far lost at least 460 people and injured 25,000.