September 6, 2018 / 10:53 AM / 10 months ago

Iraqi authorities declare city-wide curfew in Basra to quell protests

Iraqi soldiers are seen at Umm Qasr Port after it was closed by protesters in south of Basra, Iraq September 6, 2018. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi authorities declared a city-wide curfew from 3 p.m. (1200 GMT) to quell protests in Basra, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry said at a news conference on Thursday.

Seven protesters have died in Iraq’s second biggest city in recent days as protesters, angry over electricity outages, water contamination, a lack of jobs and proper government services, clashed violently with security forces.

Reporting by Raya Jalabi; Editing by Peter Graff

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