Sudani Contains New Wave of Protests in Southern Iraq

PM Sudani receives the delegation from the al-Muthanna province on Sunday. (Prime Minister’s Office)
PM Sudani receives the delegation from the al-Muthanna province on Sunday. (Prime Minister’s Office)
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Sudani Contains New Wave of Protests in Southern Iraq

PM Sudani receives the delegation from the al-Muthanna province on Sunday. (Prime Minister’s Office)
PM Sudani receives the delegation from the al-Muthanna province on Sunday. (Prime Minister’s Office)

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani managed to avert a new wave of protests that were on the verge of erupting in central and southern provinces, said several local observers.

Leader of Iraq’s Ansar al-Marjaiya faction Hamid al-Yasiri had last week called for protests against corruption to be held in the city of Samawah in the southern al-Muthanna province.

He also called on Sudani to “dispatch” an honest military ruler to run al-Muthanna.

Iraqi people in under-serviced regions have started to complain of power cuts as temperatures start to soar in the country. Al-Muthanna is Iraq’s least populated and most impoverished, with nearly 50 percent of the population living in poverty, according to official figures.

Sudani received on Sunday Yasiri and 20 academic and tribal figures from al-Muthanna to discuss their concerns.

A statement from the PM’s office said the delegation explained the state of affairs in the province, the performance of the local government, rampant corruption and the high cost of projects.

Sudani stressed: “Restoring the trust of the people in the political process is among our most important challenges. The legitimacy of any political system lies in its ties to its people.”

In an apparent response to Yasiri’s request for the appointment of a military ruler in al-Muthanna, Sudani said: “The provincial councils were formed through elections and everyone must respect the choices of the people.”

The PM ordered the formation of a committee from the Commission of Integrity to visit al-Muthanna and follow up on complaints about corruption and the waste of public funds.

In his call for protests, Yasiri had demanded the “expulsion” of corrupt officials from office, namely the provincial governor and council, whom he said “don’t represent the masses and only work for their parties.”

In a statement after his meeting with Sudani, Yasiri said an agreement was reached to “form a committee from the PM’s office to oversee all projects in Samawah city and to prevent the governor and members of the provincial council from handling the funds.”

He said representatives of protests in al-Muthanna will oversee all projects in the provinces in line with an order that will be issued by the prime minister.



More than a 100 Killed in Gaza in 24 Hours

Smoke from Israeli bombardment billows in the background near an area previously housing displaced Palestinians leaving Rafah towards Khan Younis on June 20, 2024, in the southern Gaza Strip, amid the ongoing conflict in the Palestinian territory between Israel and Hamas. (AFP)
Smoke from Israeli bombardment billows in the background near an area previously housing displaced Palestinians leaving Rafah towards Khan Younis on June 20, 2024, in the southern Gaza Strip, amid the ongoing conflict in the Palestinian territory between Israel and Hamas. (AFP)
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More than a 100 Killed in Gaza in 24 Hours

Smoke from Israeli bombardment billows in the background near an area previously housing displaced Palestinians leaving Rafah towards Khan Younis on June 20, 2024, in the southern Gaza Strip, amid the ongoing conflict in the Palestinian territory between Israel and Hamas. (AFP)
Smoke from Israeli bombardment billows in the background near an area previously housing displaced Palestinians leaving Rafah towards Khan Younis on June 20, 2024, in the southern Gaza Strip, amid the ongoing conflict in the Palestinian territory between Israel and Hamas. (AFP)

 At least 42 people were killed in Israeli attacks on districts of Gaza City in the north of the Palestinian enclave on Saturday, the director of the Hamas-run government media office said.
One Israeli strike on houses in Al-Shati, one of the Gaza Strip's eight historic refugee camps, killed 24 people, Ismail Al-Thawabta told Reuters. Another 18 Palestinians were killed in a strike on houses in the Al-Tuffah neighborhood.

The offensive has left Gaza in ruins, killed more than 37,400 people, of whom 101 were killed in the past 24 hours, according to Palestinian health authorities, and left nearly the entire population homeless and destitute.

The Israeli military released a brief statement saying: "A short while ago, army fighter jets struck two Hamas military infrastructure sites in the area of Gaza City."
It said more details would be released soon.
Hamas did not comment on the Israeli claim to have hit its military infrastructure. It said in a statement the attacks targeted the civilian population and vowed in a statement "the occupation and its Nazi leaders will pay the price for their violations against our people."
Footage obtained by Reuters showed dozens of Palestinians rushing out to search for victims amid the destroyed houses. The footage showed wrecked homes, blasted walls, and debris and dust filling the street in Shati refugee camp.

More than eight months into the war, Israel's advance is now focused on the two last areas its forces had yet to seize: Rafah on Gaza's southern edge and the area surrounding Deir al-Balah in the centre.
Residents said Israeli tanks deepened their incursion into western and northern Rafah areas in recent days. On Saturday Israeli forces bombed several areas from air and the ground, forcing many families living in areas described as humanitarian-designated zones to leave northwards.
The Israeli military said forces continued "precise, intelligence-based" targeted operations in Rafah, killing many Palestinian gunmen and dismantling military infrastructure.
On Friday, the Gaza health ministry said at least 25 Palestinians were killed in Mawasi in western Rafah and 50 wounded. Palestinians said a tank shell hit a tent housing displaced families.