Al-Arabiya / Al-Hadath sources reported on Friday that thousands of people had arrived in Al-Tahrir Square in central central Baghdad.
The Tahrir tunnel witnessed the participation of large numbers of demonstrators supporting the sit-ins in the center of the Iraqi capital.
In addition, clashes renewed between demonstrators and riot forces in al-Khilani Square, which witnessed during the past days repeated clashes.
Also last Tuesday evening, al- [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] witnessed clashes for the seventh day in a row between protesters and security forces in the area near the Tahrir Tunnel, according to Al-Arabiya / Al-Hadath sources.
While the Baghdad Operations Command announced, security forces have come under attack with hunting rifles near al-Khilani. She said in a statement on Tuesday that "the security forces were attacked with hunting rifles." It also renewed its call for demonstrators to keep the demonstrations peaceful.
The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in Iraq, Jenin Hennes-Blackshart, condemned over the weekend the use of hunting rifles and hunting cartridges against peaceful demonstrators in Baghdad and urged the government to protect them. The United Nations mission said on Monday that it had received "credible allegations that peaceful protesters were targeted with hunting rifles on the road linking the Tahrir and al-Khalani areas of Baghdad on the evening of 14, 15 and 16 February, wounding at least 50 people." It added in a statement that at least 150 people were injured in Karbala in January alone due to the use of similar methods.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] [size=15]Injured near al-Khilani Square in Baghdad (archive)Hold on rejecting Allawi
This comes at a time when the Iraqi parliament will hold a session next Monday to vote on the formation of the Prime Minister-designate Muhammad Allawi, who faces rejection by the demonstrators, who are adhering to forming an independent government that is far from the parties, and its formation faces opposition from Christian and Kurdish representatives.
Iraq has been witnessing since the first of October mass demonstrations, which were launched initially from the southern governorates and the capital, Baghdad, to demand the fight against corruption and unemployment and quickly turned into political demands to form a government away from political parties, stop quotas, and hold early parliamentary elections.
These protests permeated bloody stations, as honest forces sometimes fired live bullets at the demonstrators, and masked gunmen either sniped, kidnapped, and tortured protesters.