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Death toll in Iraq protests rises to 63, with more than 2,000 injured

The death toll of the protests in Iraqi cities has risen to more than 60 dead and 2,000 wounded.

 According to news agencies, the Iraqi Commission for Human Rights counted 63 people killed and more than two thousand others injured during the past 48 hours.

Protesters in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, Nasiriyah and Basra began to demonstrate from Thursday evening, in protest against the poor living conditions.

The protests are the second of its kind this month, with several Iraqi cities recently witnessing protests that have killed 157 people and wounded 6,000.

 The protests pose the biggest challenge to Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi since he came to power just a year ago, despite his pledge of reforms and a major cabinet reshuffle.

Protesters accuse corrupt officials and the political elite of failing to improve their lives. Source