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Iraqi forces capture major Baghdad bridge from protesters

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By the Associated Press

BAGHDAD — Iraqi medical officials say security forces have cleared a flashpoint bridge in Baghdad of anti-government protesters using stun grenades and tear gas, in clashes that are among the heaviest since the unrest began last month.

Iraqi riot police fire tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters during clashes in the al-Rasheed street in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. (AP Photo / Khalid Mohammed / MANILA BULLETIN)

Iraqi riot police fire tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters during clashes in the al-Rasheed street in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. (AP Photo / Khalid Mohammed / MANILA BULLETIN)

Saturday’s confrontations at Sinak bridge pushed the demonstrators back to the nearby Khilani square where clashes wounded 35 people.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Protesters appeared to be regrouping to try forcing their way again across the bridge, which has seen daily clashes with security forces.

The bridge spans the Tigris and gives access to the heavily fortified Green Zone, the seat of government.

Anti-corruption protests and a heavy-handed security response have resulted so far in more than 250 deaths.

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