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Angry Basra protesters set Iranian consulate ablaze.

BAGHDAD, Sept 7 (KUNA) -- Disgruntled Iraqi demonstrators stormed the Iranian Consulate in the southern city of Basra Friday and put it on fire in protest against Iran's role in the scarcity of drinking waters in the city. Thousands of protesters approached the consulate and clashed with the guards, before storming the building and setting it ablaze, security sources stated. Frustrated Basra people are putting the onus of the pollution and lack of drinking water in their city on Iran which stopped the water flow from the Karun River, the longest Iranian river, into the Shatt Al-Arab River in Iraq and instead are allegedly pumping its polluted water in it. Basra has been rocked over the past two months by massive protests due to the deterioration of public services, especially provision of drinking water, and difficult economic situation. Basra demonstrations have turned violent in many cases after the eruption of clashes between the protesters and security forces. Several protesters and security personnel were killed or injured in these clashes. Moreover, the local government building and premises of political parties and the Popular Mobilization Forces' member factions were burnt. (end) ahh.ibi

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Publication:Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)
Geographic Code:7IRAQ
Date:Sep 7, 2018
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