At least six protesters were killed and another 158 injured in the latest bloody episode of anti-government protests in Iraq.
More than 300 people have been killed in the violent uprising since the beginning of October, according to independent figures.
At least three people were killed and another 87 wounded in clashes that took place near Iraq’s main port Umm Qasr, in the southern Basra province, according to the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights.
The violence also extended to another southern province Dhi Qar, where three people were killed and 71 people were wounded, according to a statement by the commission.
The commission called on the government to intervene to immediately stop the violence.
It brought the total number of fatalities documented by the commission since anti-government protests erupted on 1 October to 340, Ali al Bayati, a member of the commission told Efe.
The situation in both provinces has reached the extent that hospitals have urged people to donate blood, he added.
In the wake of the current situation, the commission called on security forces, local authorities and activists to cooperate to keep the demonstrations peaceful.
With Iraq’s main oil reserve situated in the southern parts of country the commission called for preserving the ports and oil fields, which are “national riches for all the Iraqis”.
The commission’s call came as protests in Iraq have targeted vital facilities of great economic value, demanding oil revenues be used to improve basic services. EFE