Unrest mounted in Iraq Bathra overnight after protesters stormed the Iranian Consulate on Friday. Chanting, Iran get out. Demonstrators broke in, and began damaging offices, and ransacked and set alight government buildings in mounting anger of what many Iraqis perceive as Iran's sway of the country's political parties.
It was a common scene on Saturday morning, despite Iraqi security sources saying three rockets had hit Basra 's airport. Basra officials deny those reports saying there was no disruption. Iraq's second biggest city has been roiled by five days of deadly demonstration over political corruption. They say they been driven to the streets by misrule that's allowed infrastructure to collapse, leaving no power or safe drinking water in the heat of summer.
At least 13 protesters have died since Monday and many have been wounded. On Saturday Iraqi officials imposed a curfew from 4:00 PM. And at an emergency cabinet meeting the Prime Minister said he'd ordered an investigation into security forces for not fulfilling their duties in protecting government buildings and the Iranian Consulate.
The unrest has thrust Iraq into a major crisis at a time when politicians still have yet to agree on new government, after an inconclusive election in May.