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Police open fire on protesters near southern oilfields

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Iraqi police opened fire to disperse dozens of protesters near the southern oil hub of Basra on Sunday as they demonstrated against a shortage of jobs, electricity, water and other basic services, police and local officials said.

Police sources said eight protesters were wounded in the shooting while a local mayor said one demonstrator was killed and three were wounded.

“Protesters were only making fair demands for jobs and better basic services but police opened fire and killed one protester,” said Yaseen al-Battat, a local mayor from the Imam Sadiq area where the protesters were.

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