12 dead, hundreds wounded as protesters clash with Iraq security forces

Protesters stand by burning tires at a makeshift roadblock in the city of Nasiriyah on Saturday.

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN)Twelve people were killed and 230 others injured in protests in Iraq over the past three days, the Independent High Commission for Human Rights of Iraq said Sunday.

Nine protesters were killed in the capital Baghdad and three others in the southern city of Nasiriyah, about 350 km south of Baghdad, according to the statement.
More than 600 people have been killed in anti-government demonstrations that started in October, according to the IHCHR and Amnesty International.
    Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr gather in Baghdad on Friday.
    Dozens of Iraqi security forces used live ammunition and tear gas as they worked to disperse hundreds of anti-government protesters in al-Khalani Square, Baghdad, on Saturday, according to activists in the area.