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Curfew ended as normalcy returns in Iraq

Iraqi authorities in Baghdad have lifted a day-long curfew as normalcy returns to the country’s capital’s streets.

On Saturday, Reuters reported that traffic in Baghdad ran as normal, but roads and main squares were quite different.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi had announced the curfew on Thursday.The country’s National Security Council had issued a statement on Thursday saying that the measure was required to “protect citizens and public and private properties”.

Affirming the demonstrators’ “right to protest”, the council condemned “acts of vandalism that accompanied the protests. ”The curfew came after several days of Iraqi protests against mismanagement and corruption, with certain elements turning to acts of violence.

A number of protesters and security personnel have been killed as a result of the provocations.

On Friday, Iraqi police said in a statement that “unidentified snipers” killed two security forces and two civilians across the capital Baghdad earlier in the day.

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