At Least 26 Dead in Northern Iraq Clashes

World | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 12:27|  views

At least 26 people have been killed in clashes between security forces and Sunni Arab protesters in Northern Iraq, officials say.

Violence erupted when security forces raided an anti-government protest camp in Hawija, near Kirkuk, according to the BBC.

Some 70 people are believed to have been injured in the clashes.

There have been weekly demonstrations against Iraq's Shia-led government by Sunni Arabs across the country since the end of 2012.

The violence came just hours after United Nations envoy Martin Kobler called for restraint on both sides in Hawijah, where tensions have been escalating.

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Tags: Iraq, Sunni, Shia, clashes, demonstrations


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