Iraqi demonstrators on Friday set fire to the Iranian consulate in the southern city of Basra, local sources have said.
According to witnesses in the area, an angry mob stormed the consulate on Friday evening before setting the building alight.
Only one day earlier, demonstrators had attacked several government buildings in the city, including Basra’s provincial headquarters and the state television broadcast building.
Angry protesters had also targeted the offices of certain pro-Iran Iraqi political parties.
Since 9 July, Iraq’s Shia-majority central and southern provinces — especially Basra — have been rocked by protests to demand better public services, more job opportunities and an end to government corruption.
#BREAKING: Video recorded just 45 minutes ago shows that the #Iraq|i protesters managed to set fire in #Iran's consulate building in #Basrah. However protesters doesn't want to damage #US consulate anymore, but it is heavily protected while Iranian consulate wasn't.#BasraProtests pic.twitter.com/sfAi9uZgXT
— Babak Taghvaee – Μπάπακ Τακβαίε – بابک تقوایی (@BabakTaghvaee) September 7, 2018