Two protesters shot dead in south Iraq: medics, security sources

Nasiriyah: Two demonstrators were shot dead in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah on Thursday, medics and security sources told AFP, as a crackdown on anti-government sit-ins began there.

Another 20 people were wounded, including two in critical condition, when security forces retook a pair of bridges in the city that protesters had occupied for several days.

Southern Iraq and the capital Baghdad have been gripped by nearly two months of rallies demanding a deep-rooted overhaul of the ruling system, seen as corrupt and inefficient.

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