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Iraq: demands to restrain security forces and prevent "bloodbath"

Less than 24 hours after dozens were killed and wounded near Tahrir Square and Khalani Square in central Baghdad, riot police set off from Khalani Square towards the Tahrir Tunnel amid heavy tear gas.

This development comes at a time when Amnesty International has called for curbing Iraqi security forces to prevent a "bloodbath" from more than a month of protests.

Iraqi security forces closed al-Khalani Square with concrete barriers to prevent the demonstrators from reaching it from Tahrir Square, in the center of Baghdad.

The closure followed a day of clashes between demonstrators and anti-riot forces to regain control of the square in the heart of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing six people and about 100 wounded, according to the correspondent of Sky News Arabia.

The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights, on his Twitter account, said the demonstrators were killed during clashes with security forces in Tahrir and Khalani squares, adding that the demonstrators launched distress calls to stop what he described as "acts of violence against them."