Protesters set fire to Iranian consulate in Basra, Iraq (VIDEO)
Protesters have stormed and set fire to the Iranian consulate in the Iraqi oil-hub city of Basra. The city has been engulfed in protests over poor public services and corruption since the start of the week.
Violent protests in Basra have been ongoing since the beginning of the week and claimed one more life on Friday, bringing the total death toll to 11, according to Reuters sources. A further 11 were injured over the day, the update said. The rioters are angry over shortages of potable water, electricity and jobs. They have been attacking government buildings, as well as the headquarters of political parties with links to Iran.
عاجل الآن ..القبائل العربية وفي دفاعها عن نفسها في #العراق اقتحمت قنصلية #إيران في #البصرة ...وسبق وأن أطلق موظفي القنصلية النار على المتظاهرين.●القنصلية الإيرانية تمول الإرهاب في العراق وتقوم بتمويل تدريب ارهابيين هاربين من العدالة في #البحرين و #السعودية.#امجد_طهpic.twitter.com/gOPfQsUSZu— Amjad Taha أمجد طه (@amjadt25) September 7, 2018
At least 10 protesters have died since Monday in clashes with security forces. They are accusing corrupt political parties of allowing the city’s infrastructure to crumble, as well as blaming Iran for interfering with Iraqi politics. Before setting fire to the consulate, they spent hours shouting anti-Iranian slogans in front of it. At least one protester’s message, viewed over 24,000 time on Facebook, accuses Iran of directly cutting off the water supply to Basra, which is located around 30km from the Iranian border.
عاجل الآن ..القبائل العربية في #العراق اقتحمت قنصلية #إيران في #البصرة وفرار مطلوبين للعدالة في المنطقة "كانوا يتحصنون في القنصلية".● وسبق وان قام موظفي القنصلية الإيرانية بإطلاق النار على المتظاهرين في البصرة وحاولوا إختطاف الأطفال كرهائن.#امجد_طهpic.twitter.com/EWzgXKVEpS— Amjad Taha أمجد طه (@amjadt25) September 7, 2018
Iraqi security officials have announced a citywide curfew amid the ongoing riots, according to a statement by the country's military. A curfew had already been planned for Thursday, but it was canceled minutes before it was to go into effect.
The Iraqi foreign ministry has condemned the violence, saying it harms the country's interests, Iranian outlet PressTV reports.