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31 injured in Iraq's Sulaymanieh
Tue, 19 Apr 2011 16:17:42 GMT
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Iraqi Kurdish protesters demonstrate against the government in the city of Sulaymanieh (file photo).
At least 31 people have been injured in fresh clashes that erupted between protesters and security forces in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

Three of the injured were shot at with live bullet near Sulaymaniyah University, located 260 kilometers (161 miles) north of Baghdad, a Press TV correspondent reported on Tuesday.

A number of journalists have also been arrested.

The clashes came after around 100 people were wounded in Peeramard Street in the city on Monday.

Meanwhile, Kurdish regional Prime Minister Barham Saleh on Tuesday offered to step down from the party leadership in protest.

On Sunday, at least 35 people, including seven policemen, were injured after police and protesters clashed in the region's second largest city of Sulaymanieh.

Thousands of people have spilled out into the streets to protest against corruption and lack of freedom in recent months.

President of Iraq's Kurdistan region Massoud Barzani announced plans last month to shake up the regional government and enact reforms, but demonstrators demanded more reforms.

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