Tuesday, April 23, 2013

 

At least 14 killed in Iraq Sunni protest site clash


Local sources suggest the fighting in the northern Sunni town of Hawija started when security forces entered the protest area in the town and tried to make arrests.

BAGHDAD — At least 14 people have been killed in clashes between Sunni protesters and security forces in a northern Sunni town, Iraqi officials said.

Sheikh Abdullah Sami al-Asi, a Sunni provincial official from the town of Hawija, said the fighting began early Tuesday morning when security forces entered the protest area in the town and tried to make arrests.

Provincial health director Sidiq Omar Rasool said at least 14 protesters were killed. He added that the clashes also wounded more than 50 demonstrators and six members of the Iraqi security forces.

Hawija is 160 miles north of Baghdad.

A United Nations spokeswoman in Iraq, Eliana Nabaa, confirmed that there are multiple casualties. She urged both sides to immediately lay down their weapons.

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