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Iraq: Smoke rises from Najaf amid ongoing protests04:06

Iraq: Smoke rises from Najaf amid ongoing protests

Iraq, Najaf
December 2, 2019 at 20:53 GMT +00:00 · Published

Fire and smoke were seen in Najaf on Monday, amid ongoing protests, two days after the entrance to the tomb of Iraqi Shiite Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim was set alight.

Footage shows fire and smoke rising from near the al-Hakim shrine. Footage also shows burnt vehicles and barricades, in addition to people cleaning up a street from debris.

Nearly 400 people have been killed since the beginning of October in the anti-government protests, including at least a dozen security forces. Iraqi Prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced his resignation on Friday, as protesters demand an end to corruption, better public services and more jobs.

Iraq: Smoke rises from Najaf amid ongoing protests04:06
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Fire and smoke were seen in Najaf on Monday, amid ongoing protests, two days after the entrance to the tomb of Iraqi Shiite Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim was set alight.

Footage shows fire and smoke rising from near the al-Hakim shrine. Footage also shows burnt vehicles and barricades, in addition to people cleaning up a street from debris.

Nearly 400 people have been killed since the beginning of October in the anti-government protests, including at least a dozen security forces. Iraqi Prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced his resignation on Friday, as protesters demand an end to corruption, better public services and more jobs.

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