The death toll in Iraq from six days of clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces rose to 104 people on Sunday, as demonstrations continued into another day.
A spokesman for Iraq's Interior Ministry said 6,107 people have been wounded since the protests began on Tuesday, including more than 1,200 security members. He said eight of the 104 people who have died in the clashes were security personnel.
Protests continued on Sunday with several hundred anti-government protesters gathering in a suburb of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Witnesses say soldiers fired in the direction of the protesters and blocked a main road near Sadr City to prevent the demonstrators from advancing.
The protests in Baghdad and in several southern Iraqi cities have grown from initial demands for jobs and improved city services, such as water and power, to calls now to end corruption in the oil-rich country of nearly 40 million people.
Iraq's Cabinet issued a new reform plan early Sunday in an effort to respond to the protests that have taken authorities by surprise.
After meeting through the night Saturday, cabinet officials released a series of planned reforms, which addressed land distributions and military enlistments as well as increasing welfare stipends for poor families and training programs for unemployed youth.
Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi told his Cabinet late Saturday in televised remarks that he is willing to meet with protesters and hear their demands. He called on the protesters to end their demonstrations.
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