Angry protesters attack Iranian planes in Najaf

According to Mikrofonnews Agency (MHA), demonstrators in Najaf city of Iraq have attacked Iranian airplane after entering Najaf’s airport on Saturday.

They were chanting slogans against Iran for its alleged role in interfering to domestic affairs of Iraq. Video footages circulated in social media show how the angry demonstrators prevent Iranian Mahan airplane from taking off from the airport.

The plane was succeeded to fly later with the help of Iraq’s security forces. Demonstrations against lack of social services such as power outage and a shortage of water, unemployment, and corruption broke out in the oil-rich province of Basra five days ago and spread to the other cities including Najaf rapidly.

Earlier on Sunday, one person was killed tens other wounded as demonstrations turned violent in several parts of Iraq. Police sources say 22 demonstrators and 45 policemen are among the wounded people.

On Friday night, In Amara, protesters occupied the headquarters of the provincial governorate, threw stones at branches of the Shi’ite Dawa party and the powerful Badr Organization, which has close ties to Iran, and beat up policemen, said a security official.

Security forces pushed them back. Demonstrators were chanting slogans against Iran asking the country to stop interfering to domestic issues of Iraq. Iraq’s Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi has cut short his trip to Brussels and traveled to Basra to talk with the demonstrators.



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