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World Iraq condemns attack on Iran's consulate in southern Najaf: state media

08:25  28 november  2019
08:25  28 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Protesters torched the Iranian consulate in the holy city of Najaf late on Wednesday. One protester was killed and at least 35 people were wounded They are also decrying growing Iranian influence in Iraqi state affairs. Security forces have fired bullets, teargas and smoke bombs on a near daily basis

A group of protesters in Iraq have set fire to Iran ' s consulate in the southern city of Najaf amid ongoing anti-government demonstrations. This is the second attack on an Iranian consulate in Iraq this month after the office in the Shia holy city of Karbala was targeted three weeks ago.

Cairo (Reuters) - Iraq condemned an attack on Iran's consulate in the southern city of Najaf, its state news agency said early on Thursday, citing the foreign ministry, after the building was stormed and set ablaze by Iraqi protesters the previous day.

Iraqi demonstrators gather as flames start consuming Iran's consulate in the southern Iraqi Shiite holy city of Najaf on November 27, 2019, two months into the country's most serious social crisis in decades. (Photo by Haidar HAMDANI / AFP) (Photo by HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP via Getty Images) © Haidar HAMDANI / AFP Iraqi demonstrators gather as flames start consuming Iran's consulate in the southern Iraqi Shiite holy city of Najaf on November 27, 2019, two months into the country's most serious social crisis in decades. (Photo by Haidar HAMDANI / AFP) (Photo by HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP via Getty Images)

Wednesday's attack was 'aimed at damaging the historical relations between Iraq and Iran and with rest of the countries', the ministry said in a statement.

"Diplomatic missions operating in Iraq are highly respected and appreciated," it added, stressing that the incident did not reflect Iraq's perspective.

(Reporting by Samar Hassan; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

Iraqi officials raise Friday's toll to 25 protesters killed .
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials raised on Saturday the death toll to 25 protesters killed and over 130 wounded, after a bloody night of attacks by unknown gunmen that targeted anti-government demonstrators in the capital city. The health and security officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. The health and security officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

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