Iranian authorities announced on Thursday the closure of two border crossings with Iraq as a result of protests in the capital Baghdad and a number of predominantly Shiite provinces.
The commander of the Iranian border guards, Qasem Rezaei, in remarks carried by the media of his country today, "has been the implementation of Khosravi and attractive border with Iraq since yesterday for security reasons."
This comes at a time when the Turkish Foreign Ministry asked its citizens to avoid traveling to areas where demonstrations in Iraq, except in cases of extreme necessity.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement: "We recommend our citizens to avoid traveling to areas where demonstrations since the first of October this year in various provinces in Iraq, including the capital Baghdad."
The ministry also advised Turkish citizens currently in Iraq to follow the warnings issued by the Iraqi authorities, and avoid being in crowded places, and be careful about their personal safety.
Earlier in the day, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reported that 12 demonstrators had been killed and hundreds wounded in the latest update on the death toll from protests in Iraq.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced a curfew in Baghdad from 5 am Thursday until further notice.
Thousands of people took to the streets in central Baghdad on Tuesday in protests demanding services, improving living conditions, providing jobs for the unemployed, eradicating widespread unemployment and financial and administrative corruption in state departments and institutions.