Iraqi forces kill several protesters in Baghdad and Basra

Iraq's security forces shot dead at least six protesters in Baghdad on Thursday and killed five others during a sit-in in the southern city of Basra, police and medical sources said, as weeks of deadly unrest showed no signs of abating.

Another 35 people were wounded in clashes near the capital city's Shuhada Bridge as mass demonstrations continued for a 13th-straight day with thousands thronging the city centre.

The protesters were trying to remove barriers near two bridges that lead to the western bank of the Tigris River and provide access to the Green Zone, which houses government offices and foreign embassies. Now all bridges leading to the Green Zone have been blocked by security forces.