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Iraq: Tribal groups take on security duties after 'massacre' in Nasiriyah02:15

Iraq: Tribal groups take on security duties after 'massacre' in Nasiriyah

Iraq, Nasiriyah
December 6, 2019 at 22:38 GMT -00:00 · Published

Tribal leaders took control of security in the southern city of Nasiriyah on Thursday after at least 32 protesters were shot dead by authorities during anti-government demonstrations last week.

Supporters celebrated the move, seen as a victory for the opposition movement.

Tribal leaders had expressed condemnation at the army's use of live fire and force when trying to clear protesters from Zeitoun bridge.

The commander responsible, General Jamil Al Shammari, was named in an arrest warrant and was banned from leaving the country.

The unrest began in October amid anger over corruption and economic inequality. Over 400 protesters have been killed and thousands more injured in the violence.

Iraq: Tribal groups take on security duties after 'massacre' in Nasiriyah02:15
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Tribal leaders took control of security in the southern city of Nasiriyah on Thursday after at least 32 protesters were shot dead by authorities during anti-government demonstrations last week.

Supporters celebrated the move, seen as a victory for the opposition movement.

Tribal leaders had expressed condemnation at the army's use of live fire and force when trying to clear protesters from Zeitoun bridge.

The commander responsible, General Jamil Al Shammari, was named in an arrest warrant and was banned from leaving the country.

The unrest began in October amid anger over corruption and economic inequality. Over 400 protesters have been killed and thousands more injured in the violence.

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