Thousands protest in Iraq as death toll from clashes rises

Thousands flooded Iraq’s southern hotspot of Nasiriyah on Monday as a resident died from wounds sustained in clashes last week between anti-government protesters and supporters of a controversial cleric.Ridha al-Rikaby was hit in the head by a bullet on Friday when followers of Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr clashed with young demonstrators in Nasiriyah’s Habboubi Square, medics told AFP.He died on Monday, bringing the toll from the day of violence to eight dead and several dozen wounded.After last week’s clashes, authorities imposed a lockdown to try to stop further rallies in the southern city, sa…

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