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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Security forces have been ordered to immediately enforce the law and arrest "saboteurs" who block roads and bring them to justice, Iraqi army spokesman Major General Abdul Karim Khalaf said on Thursday.
On Wednesday, the armed forces confirmed the existence of strict instructions not to use live ammunition against demonstrators, stressing the right to peaceful demonstration away from violence, calling on young protesters to avoid violence.
Khalaf also announced at a press conference that bridges should not be allowed to be cut as a vital passage for the residents, and also demanded not to approach military bases.
The right of expression was guaranteed to the media on the condition of non-incitement, and few were involved in violence.
It is noteworthy that after the announcement Wednesday, Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, a meeting with security leaders in the presence of the Committee on Security and Defense in the Parliament and the Ministers of Defense and Interior, discussed the developments of the security situation and the need to respond to the demands of peaceful demonstrators.
Curb violence and achieve transparent
For its part, the United Nations, on Thursday, that the reports received indicate the continued use of Iraqi security live bullets against demonstrators.
In a statement, it called on the Iraqi parties to curb the violence and conduct a transparent investigation into the recent events, renewing their demand for serious dialogue between the government and the demonstrators.
The claims came in a statement issued by the Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on Thursday, expressing deep concern about the number of dead and wounded among the demonstrators in Iraq, and about the use of live ammunition against them.
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