PHOTOS: Iraq protests escalate as security forces fire tear gas at students

Anti-government protesters run to take cover while Iraqi Security forces fire tear gas during a demonstration in Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (Photo: Khalid Mohammed/AP)

Thousands of students joined Iraq's anti-government protests on Monday, as clashes with security forces firing tear gas canisters killed at least three demonstrators and wounded more than 100.

The students skipped classes at several universities and secondary schools in Baghdad and across Iraq's majority-Shiite south on Monday to take part in the protests, despite the government ordering schools and universities to operate normally.

Iraq security forces fire tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (Photo: Hadi Mizban/AP)

One of those killed was a 22-year-old female medical student, the first woman to be killed since the protests began earlier this month. Seventeen students were among the wounded.

Authorities later announced a curfew from midnight to 6 a.m. in the capital, as renewed protests there and across the south raged for a fourth day. A senior security official estimated that 25,000 protesters took part in the demonstration in the capital.

An injured protester is rushed to a hospital during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (Photo: Hadi Mizban/AP)

In a separate development, three rockets struck a large military base north of Baghdad that houses U.S. and Iraqi forces, according to another senior Iraqi security official. The official said there were no casualties, and that the attack is being investigated. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

The demonstrations are fueled by anger at corruption, economic stagnation and poor public services. Despite its vast oil wealth, Iraq suffers from high unemployment and crumbling infrastructure, with frequent power outages that force many to rely on private generators.

On Monday, parliament voted to cancel all privileges and bonuses for the president, the prime minister, the Cabinet, parliament members and other senior officials. But lawmakers later pointed out that the move was unlikely to be implemented because the legislature did not actually amend the law governing such matters.

In any case, the move seemed unlikely to satisfy the protesters, who are calling for far more sweeping change. (AP)

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Anti-government protesters take cover while Iraqi Security forces close the bridge leading to the Green Zone, during a demonstration in Tahrir square, in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. (Photo: Hadi Mizban/AP)
Anti-government protesters take cover while Iraqi Security forces fire tear gas and close the bridge leading to the Green Zone during a demonstration in Tahrir square in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. (Photo: Hadi Mizban/AP)
Anti-government protesters take cover while Iraqi Security forces fire tear gas and close the bridge leading to the Green Zone, during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. Protests have resumed in Iraq after a wave of anti-government protests earlier this month were violently put down. (Photo: Khalid Mohammed/AP)
Anti-government protesters gather in Tahrir Square during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. (Photo: Hadi Mizban/AP)
Anti-government protesters set a fire and take cover while Iraqi security forces fire tear gas and close the bridge leading to the Green Zone, during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. Protests have resumed in Iraq after a wave of anti-government protests earlier this month were violently put down. (Photo: Khalid Mohammed/AP)
Anti-government protesters take cover while Iraqi Security forces fire tear gas and close the bridge leading to the Green Zone, during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. Protests have resumed in Iraq after a wave of anti-government protests earlier this month were violently put down. (Photo: Khalid Mohammed/AP)
Anti-government protesters take cover while Iraqi security forces, back, fire tear gas and close the bridge leading to the Green Zone, during a demonstration at sunset in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. Protests have resumed in Iraq after a wave of anti-government protests earlier this month were violently put down. (Photo: Khalid Mohammed/AP)
An anti-government protester tries to sneak while Iraqi security forces close the bridge leading to the Green Zone during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (Photo: Hadi Mizban/AP)
Anti-government protesters escape from a burning building during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (Photo: Hadi Mizban/AP)
Security forces fire tear gas and close the bridge leading to the Green Zone during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (Photo: Hadi Mizban/AP)
An injured protestor is rushed to a hospital during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. Iraqi protesters converged on the central square in the capital Baghdad on Saturday as security forces erected blast walls to prevent them from reaching a heavily fortified government area after a day of violence that killed scores. (Photo: Khalid Mohammed/AP)
Anti-government protesters gather in Tahrir square during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (Photo: Hadi Mizban/AP)
Anti-government protesters take cover while Iraq security forces fire tear gas during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (Photo: Hadi Mizban/AP)
Anti-government protesters take cover while Iraq security forces fire tear gas during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (Photo: Hadi Mizban/AP)
Anti-government protesters pull down concrete walls on a bridge leading to the Green Zone during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. Iraqi protesters converged on a central square in the capital Baghdad on Saturday as security forces erected blast walls to prevent them from reaching a heavily fortified government area after a day of violence that killed scores. (Photo: Khalid Mohammed/AP)

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