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Baghdad / Obelisk: The Iraqi army said, on Saturday, December 7, 2019, that it will deploy its forces in the center of the city of Baghdad after unidentified gunmen attacked protesters, killing at least 20 people.
The Iraqi News Agency quoted Qais al-Muhammadawi, the commander of Baghdad operations in the Iraqi army, as saying that the “Baghdad Operations Unit” had received orders to deploy and control the al-Kilani Square and its vicinity to protect peaceful protesters.
The Ministry of Interior opened an investigation into the shooting in the Jisr Al-Sinak area on Friday evening.
On Saturday, the Baghdad Operations Command announced that what happened on Al-Rashid Street was due to the control of the demonstrators in the Sink and Al-Khilani areas and the absence of security forces.
She added in a statement received to the obelisk, that the demonstrators demanded the return of the security forces to secure the area, and after agreement with them was instructed to the armed forces to redeploy in the areas of Al-Sank and Al-Khilani.
She pointed out that the security forces were surprised by the flow of demonstrators this morning to al-Khilani Square and pressured the security forces to make them leave their whereabouts.
The Ministry of Interior revealed, on Friday, that 37 civilians were martyred and killed in Al-Senak as a result of the shooting, while a security source reported that there was “heavy” shooting in Al-Khilani Square and below the Al-Sinak Bridge in central Baghdad. .
The source said, “There is heavy gunfire, under the Al-Sank bridge and in the Khilani Square in central Baghdad.”
He added, “There are reports of a number of martyrs and wounded,” noting that “the power is off within the aforementioned areas.”
Sources have spoken of saboteurs attacking peaceful demonstrators with mulitov bombs near al-Khilani Square in central Baghdad.
A security source said that tear gas was fired near Al-Khilani Square in central Baghdad.
The High Commissioner for Human Rights warned of the insecurity of the security situation in Tahrir Square in central Baghdad, threatening to cause casualties among peaceful demonstrators and security forces.
The Commission said in a statement, “Appeals to loudspeakers now in Tahrir Square call for either victory or martyrdom, and with our peace we will win, whoever fears the bullets, let me withdraw.”