An anti-government protester throws back a tear gas canister fired by riot police during clashes in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP)
Nearly 550 Iraqis have been killed in protest-related violence since unprecedented anti-government demonstrations erupted in the capital and southern cities in October, the Iraqi Human Rights Commission said on Friday.
Seventeen members of the security forces are among the dead nationwide, according to the updated list. The remaining are all protesters or activists, including 22 who were assassinated.