The UN Urges to Stop the Senseless Loss of Life in Iraq as Death Toll Nears 100

  • The United Nations has urged Iraqi people to put an end to the “senseless loss of life” that is taking place in Iraq. The death toll from the anti-government protests is rising by leaps and bounds every day, which is nearing 100 now. Human Rights Commission of the Iraqi parliament says that till now 99 people have died and another 4,000 injured in the last 5 days of protest. The head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, said that the 5-days of deaths and injuries must stop. The demonstrators are protesting against the high level of unemployment, corruption, and poor public services. Though Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi accepted the rightful demand of the protesters, he also stressed upon the need of calming down. He went on to say that there is no magic solution to the persisting problems of Iraq.  The Iraqi authorities are trying to control the unrest by imposing curfew and almost a total blackout of the internet.