Iraqi security forces fired live ammunition today to disperse new demonstrations in two Baghdad neighborhoods in Iraq, while President Barham Ahmed Salih called for restraint after the killing of two protesters on Tuesday.
Intervention by security forces took place at demonstrations in the neighborhoods of Al-Shaab in northern Baghdad and Zaafaraniya in the south of the capital, an AFP news agency journalist said.
Security forces and riot police were heavily deployed in the Iraqi capital and closed all roads leading to a large central square, which saw violent clashes between protesters and police on Tuesday.
Two people were killed and more than 200 injured after security forces opened fire with live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas against anti-government protesters on Tuesday night.
Today, Iraqi municipal officials were cleaning Tahrir Square, washing the streets with water while machines were removing debris.
Security forces are heavily deployed in the area, with armored vehicles, police vehicles and dozens of security officers being moved to the side streets.
A bridge that leads from Tahrir Square to the Green Zone – home to government offices and foreign embassies – was closed this morning.