Iraqi security forces killed at least five people on Saturday as they tried to force protesters to retreat towards their main gathering site in central Baghdad using live ammunition, tear gas and sound bombs, police and medics were quoted as saying.
According to the agency, the clashes caused dozens of injuries and the security forces regained control of all major bridges except a bridge linking the eastern region of the capital, which includes residential and commercial neighborhoods to the government headquarters across the Tigris.
The correspondent of "Sputnik" in Iraq, reported today, citing a medical source, on Saturday, the killing of four demonstrators by riot police, in the courtyard of the cell in central Baghdad.
According to the source, the troops fired live ammunition at the demonstrators in al-Khalani Square in central Baghdad near Tahrir Square, which has been witnessing major demonstrations since October 25 last year.
The source added to "Sputnik", that live bullets killed four protesters with a number of wounded.
Since early October, Iraq has witnessed widespread protests demanding better living conditions, fighting corruption, dismissing the government, dissolving parliament, and holding early elections.
Earlier in the day, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced his intention to adopt a schedule to cut the salaries of senior officials by half, and to make an important reshuffle, based on the demands of the protesters.