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Iraqis Protest Killing of Demonstrators in Amara


Hundreds of Iraqis protested Sunday in the southern city of Amara, a day oneafter at least five demonstrators were killed and at least 11 were injured in clashes with Iraqi police and British soldiers. There were some reports of scuffles at Sunday's protests, but there appeared to be no major violence.

Iraqis took to the streets of Amara again on Sunday. On Saturday, hundreds of protesters demanding jobs marched on the town hall, throwing stones and shattering windows. There are conflicting reports as to what happened next.

Some witnesses say Iraqi police fired into the crowd. The police say they fired in self-defense after shots were heard from the crowd. British soldiers were called in to restore order, and officials said they opened fire when some of the protesters began throwing grenades.

Farther south, near Basra, Danish troops found at least 36 mortar shells leaking what may be the liquid form of a poison known as blister gas. Military officials say the shells were likely left over from Iraq's war with Iran in the 1980s.