November 29, 2019 / 9:25 AM / 8 days ago

Iraq death toll passes 400 in weeks of mass protests - police, medics

A man shows the casings from bullets which were allegedly used against protesters who were killed at an anti-government protest overnight in Najaf, Iraq November 29, 2019. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The death toll in Iraq from weeks of anti-government unrest rose on Friday to at least 408 people killed, mostly unarmed protesters, a Reuters count based on police and medical sources showed.

Several people died of wounds sustained in clashes on Thursday with security forces in the southern city of Nassiriya, hospital sources said, bringing the number of people killed there to at least 46 and the total nationwide to 408 since Oct. 1.

Reporting by Baghdad newsroom

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