Iraq protester gunned down in second night of violence Jan 24, 2020 0 112 12345 AFPBasra, IraqAn Iraqi demonstrator was shot dead in the southern city of Basra overnight, a security source and the human rights commission said on Thursday, the latest in a string of protester deaths.The anti-government demonstrations rocking the Iraqi capital and the Shiite-majority south since October had abated in recent weeks amid spiralling tensions between Iraq’s key allies, the United States and Iran.To recapture momentum and boost pressure on authorities, protesters this week began shutting down roads across the country -- but violence against them has escalated, too.The young demonstrator was shot dead by unidentified assailants after he left the main protest camp in Basra, a security source said.He had no papers on his person and police were waiting for someone to identify the body, the source told AFP.It was the second straight night a protester was gunned down in Basra. Female activist and paramedic Janat Madhi, 49, was killed the same way late on Tuesday.The deaths bring this week’s toll to 12 demonstrators killed, according to the Iraqi Human Rights Commission, a state-funded monitor which reports on protest violence. Four people were killed in Baghdad, one in Diyala, two in Karbala and five in Basra, including the latest two killings.“Violence against demonstrators is clearly ongoing,” commission member Ali Bayati told AFP. “The unknown armed groups targeting protesters show that security forces are unable to protect citizens,” he said.Demonstrators have accused authorities of implementing a double standard, swiftly arresting anyone blocking roads with burning tyres while failing to apprehend those who have kidnapped and killed dozens of activists.Hundreds of students gathered in Basra on Thursday morning to protest against the killings, chanting and holding up signs saying “Give us a country.”This week’s violence brings to 470 the overall death toll since protests erupted in October, according to an AFP tally of reports from medical or security sources and the Human Rights Commission. RELATED ARTICLES Libya’s neighbours in talks in Algiers Jan 24, 2020 0 1489 Russian strikes kill 8 civilians in Syria’s Idlib Jan 24, 2020 0 118 At least six Mali soldiers killed in overnight ambush Jan 24, 2020 0 1561 Tunisia to repatriate militants’ children from Libya: Red Crescent AFP Tripoli A Tunisian delegation travelled on Thursday to Libya’s third city Misrata to repatriate children of jihadists killed in 2016 in the North African country, the Libyan Red Crescent said. Six Tunisian .. Turkey, NATO still at odds over Russia arms deal: Stoltenberg Davos: NATO and key member Turkey have failed to find common ground over Russia’s controversial delivery of a S-400 air defence system to Ankara, the military alliance’s chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday. The .. EU condemns northwest Syria offensive AFP Brussels The European Union on Thursday condemned renewed fighting around a rebel stronghold in northwest Syria, demanding an end to “unacceptable” air strikes that have killed civilians. The regime of President .. IS resurgence possible if US leaves Iraq Washington: The IS group is weakened but a resurgence is possible if the United States leaves Iraq, US Major General Alexus Grynkewich, the number two commander for the international anti-jihadist coalition in Iraq and .. Libyan government reopens Tripoli airport despite threat of shelling Tripoli: Libya’s United Nations-backed government said it would reopen Tripoli’s only operational airport on Thursday, a day after rival forces based in the east of the troubled country threatened to target .. World must stand strong against Holocaust-denying Iran: Pence Jerusalem: US Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday called on nearly 50 world leaders gathered in Jerusalem to ensure that another Holocaust would “never happen again” and to unite against Iran. “Today we remember ..