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Iraqi officials: 27 wounded in renewed fighting in Baghdad

Iraqi security officials say at least 27 protesters have been wounded in renewed clashes overnight in central Baghdad.

The officials say the clashes occurred between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Wednesday near the Ahrar Bridge in the center of the capital. They spoke on condition of anonymity under regulations.

Iraqi security forces used tear gas to repel demonstrators from advancing to the fortified Green Zone, the seat of government. There were no fatalities.

Protesters sit-in on the bank of Tigris River during ongoing protests in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. Anti-government protesters blocked access to a second major commercial port in southern Iraq on Tuesday, as bridge closures effectively split the capital in half, causing citizens to rely on boats for transport to reach the other side of the city. (AP PhotoKhalid Mohammed)

The protesters had occupied one side of the bridge, with security forces deployed on the other.

At least 320 protesters have been killed and thousands wounded since the unrest began on Oct. 1, when tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets outraged by government corruption and poor basic services despite Iraq’s vast oil wealth.

Protesters sit-in on the bank of Tigris River during ongoing protests in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. Anti-government protesters blocked access to a second major commercial port in southern Iraq on Tuesday, as bridge closures effectively split the capital in half, causing citizens to rely on boats for transport to reach the other side of the city. (AP PhotoKhalid Mohammed)