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Iraq: Three killed during funeral of Iraqi protester - reports03:26

Iraq: Three killed during funeral of Iraqi protester - reports

Iraq, Basra
September 4, 2018 at 18:45 GMT +00:00 · Published

At least three protesters were reportedly killed in Basra on Tuesday as mourners attended the funeral of 26-year-old activist Mekki Yasser, who was killed at a demonstration the day before.

According to reports, the violence broke out during the funeral, as people threw stones at the Iraqi forces, who responded with tear gas and live ammunition.

At least 14 security guards were also allegedly injured.

People walked through Basra's streets holding Yasser's coffin, covered in an Iraqi flag, as several others carried banners depicting the protester.

His uncle Nizar Ali claimed that Mekki Yasser was killed "by the so called the security forces. We say 'the so called security forces' because it supposed to secure the people and not killing them."

Protests in the oil-rich province of Basra began in July and have been ongoing amid economic hardships, high unemployment rates and poor municipal services in the country.

Iraq: Three killed during funeral of Iraqi protester - reports03:26
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At least three protesters were reportedly killed in Basra on Tuesday as mourners attended the funeral of 26-year-old activist Mekki Yasser, who was killed at a demonstration the day before.

According to reports, the violence broke out during the funeral, as people threw stones at the Iraqi forces, who responded with tear gas and live ammunition.

At least 14 security guards were also allegedly injured.

People walked through Basra's streets holding Yasser's coffin, covered in an Iraqi flag, as several others carried banners depicting the protester.

His uncle Nizar Ali claimed that Mekki Yasser was killed "by the so called the security forces. We say 'the so called security forces' because it supposed to secure the people and not killing them."

Protests in the oil-rich province of Basra began in July and have been ongoing amid economic hardships, high unemployment rates and poor municipal services in the country.