Iraqi soldiers are seen at Umm Qasr Port after it was closed by protesters in south of Basra, Iraq September 6, 2018. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani
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Iraq's popular Shiite religious scholar Muqtada al-Sadr on Thursday called for an urgent parliamentary session to discuss the situation in the southern city of Basra, where protests against poor public services and joblessness have turned violent, prompting authorities to impose a curfew.Nine civilians have been killed since the start of the month during confrontations between demonstrators and police, according to Iraq's Independent High Commission for Human Rights, which said another 93 civilians and 18 security forces were wounded.
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