Basra protests explode into widespread violence

As rioters burned government and political party offices, protesters threatened action against oil facilities.
Protesters in Basra burned government and party buildings on Sept. 6, 2018, as demonstrations against poor government services turned violent. (ALI AL-AQILY/Iraq Oil Report)

BASRA - Rioters burned down several buildings including those belonging to political parties in Basra on Thursday as protests continued to escalate into broader civil unrest, increasing the threat to the heart of Iraq's oil sector.

Several buildings in Basra city have been set on fire, according to multiple local security and political officials, including the governorate building, the municipalities building, the governor's residence, and the political offices of the Badr Organization, the Fadhila party, Hikma party, Asaib Ahl al-Haq, and the Irada party.

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