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Anger Grows in Iraq over Full Curfew

Anger Grows in Iraq over Full Curfew

Friday, 14 May, 2021 - 10:15
A street in Baghdad amid during full curfew (AP)

The Iraqi government imposed a full nationwide curfew in Iraq to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, sparking anger among Iraqis who fear the repercussions of lockdown on their livelihood.


Many Iraqis called on the authorities to cancel the 10-day full curfew which went into effect on Thursday, especially that the government did not provide financial aid for the poor during lockdown.


In this regard, Fadel Al-Gharawi, a member of the Human Rights Commission in Iraq, said that the strict measures imposed by the government were security-related.


"These measures are being implemented without taking into account the humanitarian situation in the country,” said Al-Gharawi.


“Thousands of families live on daily incomes, of which they were deprived during the lockdown.”


He pointed out that “Iraq does not need a total lockdown, but rather needs to enforce preventive measures and encourage citizens to receive vaccines.”


Al-Gharawi called on the concerned authorities to ease the restrictive measures and cancel the total lockdown, giving more freedom to those who were vaccinated.


Iraq has seen a surge of new infections in recent weeks. It reported 4,512 new cases on Thursday, raising the total number of infections to 130,000 cases, of which 15,883 have died.


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