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.
Iraq’s Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi has ordered the state-run companies of the oil ministry to develop Mansuriyah gas field near the Iranian border. This comes after International Organisations failed to develop the field due to security concerns in Iraq.
In Nasiriya Province treatment for cancer is rare. As a result, locals have been collecting money in order to buy treatment from outside of the country and then donating it to needy patients in the hospitals.
Authorities in Dhi Qar Province seek to add some of the province's cultural landmarks into the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites, however they complain that the lack of care and funding has resulted in the landmarks physical deterioration.
Iraqi police clamp down on gangs in Dhi Qar (Nasiriya) in southern Iraq who have been trafficking drugs from Iran and the gulf. The drug epidemic has increased especially in the south since the US invasion.