On Tuesday, protests against unpaid civil servant salaries and poor public services once again turned violent in Kurdistan. Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani acknowledged the protesters frustrations but called on them to conduct their protests peacefully. Leaders of other political parties echoed his pleas. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that he will forcefully react to any violence against demonstrators in Kurdistan; however, he also said he would not send sufficient funds to pay some delayed salaries. The payment of such salaries could halt the violence.
At least 25 people were killed, and 111 were wounded:
In Sulaymaniya, four policemen and six protesters were wounded.
The bodies of three prisoners were found in an Islamic State jail in the Metabijh region.
In Kanaan, a member of the oil police was killed.
Two militants were killed at separate locations in Diyala province.
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