The Iraqi government has imposed a curfew in its capital Baghdad following widespread protests.
The unrest which entered its third day on Thursday has been characterized by violent battles between the security forces and anti-government protestors.
The violence has resulted in the death of at least seven people with hundreds wounded.
The demonstrators decried lack of jobs, poor services and the recent rise in corruption in Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s government.
Mr Abdul Mahdi blamed unnamed “rioters” for the protests. However, he promised to address the concerns of the demonstrators.
The government has since banned movement of people and vehicles within the capital from 05:00 (02:00 GMT) on Thursday. However, travellers to and from the airport, government employees in various departments and religious pilgrims are exempted from the curfew.