In Iraq, security forces and unidentified gunmen attacked anti-government protesters over the weekend, reportedly killing 12 people and burning protest camps in Baghdad and the southern city of Nasiriyah.
Protester: “Unidentified men came from that direction in four large vehicles and two other cars and started firing randomly at protesters. I was in my car, and my son was sitting beside me. The bullets hit the car, came though car’s windshield, out through the rear glass.”
Up to 600 protesters have been killed since the demonstrations erupted in October. Protesters say the latest crackdown came after popular Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced Friday he would no longer support the anti-government demonstrations. Earlier on Friday, 200,000 people took part in a march in Baghdad supported by al-Sadr, demanding the U.S. withdraw troops from Iraq following the assassination of General Soleimani at Baghdad International Airport.