As the protests across southern Iraq continues, the security forces seem to be increasing the intensity of their efforts to disperse and suppress the protesters. Over the past 24 hours, 37 people were reported dead across cities in southern Iraq, with numbers due to rise amidst on-going clashes.
On Thursday 5th April, Saudi Arabia opened a new consulate in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. Furthermore, the gulf nation announcing that their country will give $1 billion in loans for development projects throughout Iraq.
After a week of protests, volunteers in Basra return to the location of the protests, but this time to clean up the streets and fix any damages that had occurred. The volunteers said that they want to show the world that they are conscious protesters and not vandals.
Last week, the protests in Basra resulted in the burning of government offices, political parties HQs, and the Iranian consulate. Since then, the protests have calmed. Troops sent from Baghdad have reinforced police numbers, while government offices and markets reopened after a quiet night.
After the appointment of two new female ministers on Thursday, the current Egyptian cabinet is made up of 8 female ministers. This results in a quarter of the Egyptian cabinet being occupied by female ministers.