The Middle East Eye

Dozens of people have been killed and hundreds wounded so far in violent demonstrations that have escalated by the day, sweeping across southern cities since they first erupted in the capital on Tuesday.

Police opened fire on protesters in central Baghdad on Friday as hundreds gathered to demonstrate against the government, shooting and critically wounding at least one person.

Police snipers had taken positions on rooftops and fired single shots at protesters as they gathered, hitting one of them in the neck.

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