Iraqi governmental forces have regained control of at least three bridges in the capital Baghdad after ending the protesters' occupation, AFP reported on Saturday November 9th.
Forces reopened access to the Al-Sinek, Al-Shuhada and Al-Ahrar bridges over the River Tigris which link the east bank, where the main protest camps are located, with neighbourhoods on the west bank that are home to government offices and foreign embassies.
Fierce clashes erupted after the security forces used tear gas and chased demonstrators back onto Al-Rasheed Street, one of Baghdad's oldest and most well-known thoroughfares.
Protesters still occupy part of Al-Jumhuriyah (Republic) Bridge, the southernmost of the capital's bridges and the closest to the main protest camp in Tahrir (Liberation) Square.
At least two people were killed on Friday November 8th as anti-government protests entered their fifth week amid rising concern that security forces continue to use lethal force in defiance of senior military officials.
The death toll in Iraq rose to 300 after clashes occurred between protesters and security forces in the southern city of Basra.
Security has deteriorated following the violence that has engulfed Iraq in recent weeks after the popular uprising against the government demanding widespread reforms, the eradication of corruption and improvement in living conditions.
Human rights groups have issued statements expressing increasing concern about the tactics being used against unarmed, largely peaceful protesters.