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Thursday 28 November 2019

Iranian Consulate Set Ablaze by Protesters in Najaf

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NAJAF (Ruptly) — Anti-government protesters set the Iranian consulate on fire in the southern Iraqi city of Najaf on Wednesday.

The protesters were reportedly outraged by the influence Iran has on the country’s affairs. At least one person was reportedly killed with 35 injured, as police were trying to prevent protesters from entering the building.

Staff at the consulate reportedly evacuated safely before protesters broke in. Authorities in Najaf reportedly declared a curfew following the attack.

On November 4, on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the hostage-taking of the United States Embassy, was the Iranian consulate in Karbala that was attacked by anti-Iranian protesters.

Iraq has been gripped by anti-government protests since October, when demonstrators hit the streets, denouncing high levels of unemployment, widespread corruption and a lack of basic service. At least 344 people have reportedly been killed since the beginning of the protests.

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