Iraqi protesters set fire to Iranian consulate

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A group of protesters in Iraq have set fire to Iran’s consulate in the southern city of Najaf, amid on-going anti-government demonstrations.

Protesters chanted: “Iran out of Iraq”, as flames engulfed the building.

Staff at the consulate managed to flee, just before protesters broke in.

This is the second attack on an Iranian consulate in Iraq this month, after the office in the Shia holy city of Karbala was targeted three weeks ago.

At least 344 people have been killed in nearly two months of unrest.

Meanwhile, in the demonstrations which have mostly affected the capital Baghdad, people are demanding an end to corruption, more jobs, and better public services.
The demonstrators accuse Iran of interfering in Iraq’s internal affairs and propping up the government.

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