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Saturday, 05 October 2019 - 8:16
Death toll soars after four days of protests
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Reports indicate that the death toll in anti-government protests that have swept Iraq the past four days has soared to at least 60.

The figure has more than doubled in the past 24 hours, as clashes between protesters and police intensified.

Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi earlier said protesters' "legitimate demands" had been heard, but appealed for calm.

Spontaneous protests erupted on Tuesday amid frustration over Iraq's high youth unemployment rate, its dire public services and chronic corruption.
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