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Protesters gather during clashes between Iraqi security forces and anti-Government protesters in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. Iraqi officials said several protesters were killed as heavy clashes erupt in central Baghdad. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on anti-government protests in Iraq (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

Iraqi officials say three protesters have been killed and 25 wounded amid ongoing clashes with security forces near a strategic bridge in Baghdad.

Security and hospital sources said three people were killed Friday on Baghdad’s Rasheed Street in clashes with security forces. Two protesters died because of tear gas, and one due to live rounds fired by security forces. The officials requested anonymity in line with regulations.

The clashes come hours after some of the most violent clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces in recent days. At least 10 protesters were killed Thursday in clashes on the same street, which is very close to Ahrar Bridge.

Protesters occupy several Baghdad squares and parts of three bridges in a standoff with security forces. The bridges lead to the heavily fortified Green Zone, the seat of Iraq’s government.

By Murtada Faraj

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1:35 p.m.

Iraqi officials say the death toll has risen to 10 after overnight clashes between protesters and security forces in Baghdad.

Security and medical officials said one protester died of his injuries Friday morning. He was wounded in bloody street clashes between Ahrar and Sinak bridges the previous night. The officials say over 100 people have been wounded. They spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the highest Shiite religious authority in Iraq, reemphasized calls to political parties to pass electoral reform laws and respond to the protesters’ demands.

Iraq's massive anti-government protest movement erupted Oct. 1 and quickly escalated into calls to sweep aside Iraq’s sectarian system.

Protesters occupy several Baghdad squares and parts of three bridges in a standoff with security forces.