UN condemns continued violence in Iraq, calls for dialogue

BAGHDAD, Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert on Tuesday deplored, in the strongest terms, the increased number of those killed and wounded in mass demonstrations hit many areas in Iraq.

In a statement, she expressed concern over violence and the latest developments in Iraq, mainly in Karbala last night.

She noted that there were reports saying that live ammunition was used against demonstrators, causing many injuries.

She said violence is not a solution, stressing the necessity of protecting the souls and holding national dialogue to end rapidly the current violence.

Plasschaert confirmed that the UN is standing side by side with Iraqi people, expressing its readiness to partake in this dialogue.

Demonstrators have been staging protests in Baghdad and a number of Iraqi cities for five days. Dozens of people were killed and thousands others injured in these mass demonstrations as well as several government and political parties’ buildings were burnt.

Source: Kuwait News Agency