Protest Casualties Higher; 65 Killed, 506 Wounded in Iraq

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Protests in Baghdad led to heavy security
throughout the city on Saturday, and many usually busy streets remained empty.
Tahrir Square, where demonstrators have been gathering, has been closed off to
them. Hospital sources say that 570 people were
treated
after the melee that broke out yesterday. That figure is up from
the 106 wounded that was reported yesterday. It is unclear how many people who
were injured did not seek medical care. Also, a soldier
who was stabbed died
of his wounds.

Iraq officials expect
to open
the international border with Jordan within two weeks. The
Trebil crossing was shut down last July because of the Islamic State takeover
of territory within Anbar province. Operations
in and around Rutba have driven most of the Daesh militants from the
area, however, it is unclear when or if traffic will be able to move freely
along the highway that leads to Jordan. Militants could still attack vehicles
along the route. For now, experts are clearing the highway of booby-traps.

Apparently ignoring government corruption as the source of
the protests, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi asked citizens to
remain united against any Baathist influence among the demonstrators.

At least 65 people were killed and 506 were wounded,
including those harmed in the Baghdad protests:

A suicide
bomber
in Dujail killed
seven people and wounded 28 more
.

Two
people were killed and seven were wounded
in a blast at a Tarmiya
market.

A roadside bomb wounded
two soldiers
in Fuhailat.

Shelling on a refugee camp in Diyala province left one
injured
.

In Baghdad, a firefight
broke out in Rashidiya district.

Seventeen
militants were killed
in operations near Mosul.

Strikes on Falluja left 13
militants dead and four wounded
.

Thirteen
militants were killed
in a strike on Dibs.

A strike west of Kirkuk left eight
militants dead
, including an official.

Near Sinjar, three
suicide bomber were killed
.

An airstrike killed
a number of militants in Khalidiya, including a militant commander.

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