>> Tear gas and water cannons fired by Iraqi security forces to disperse protestors in the country's oil hub, Basra. When 24 year old Mohamed Abadali took part in the demonstration last week to call for better services and jobs, he didn't know it might cost him his life. This is him filming, his camera drops to the ground as he's hit in the back of the head with tear gas.
He's been in a coma ever since. A father of two children under the age of four, Ali lives with his parents and three sisters in this mud hut.>>
> There is no water and no planted area and no jobs. He went out daily to search for job to earn a living for his family but in vain.
Therefore he decided to go to the protests hoping that the government would respond to their demands, but he was shocked.>> Police injured 48 people during Sunday's protests when they fired into the air to disperse a crowd of hundreds that tried to storm a government building. Some 28 members of the Security Forces were also wounded, according to the commander of the Interior Ministry's Rapid Response Force.
Since demonstrations began at the start of July, protestors have attacked government buildings, branches of political parties and powerful Shiite militias and even stormed the international airport in the holy city of Najaf. Most of Iraq's oil exports come from the fields around Basra, but residents are fed up with shortages of power, water, jobs, and housing.
In his weekly news conference on Tuesday, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi promised to work with protestors to fight corruption, and said the government would improve its services. But so far, the demonstrators show no sign of letting up.