Scores of people have been killed or wounded in the southern Iraqi province of Basra, while about 6,200 cases of diarrhea have been reported as a result of water contamination, the government media team said, noting that there have been no casualties so far with the cholera epidemic in Basra.

Six are dead and 75 injured as a result of the clash that accompanied the protests in the southern Iraqi province of Basra.

High rates of poverty, unemployment, a significant lack of services, scarcity and contamination of potable water have caused thousands of cases of poisoning, intestinal diseases and fear of cholera outbreaks.

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