Iran has condemned the US’ accusations that Tehran is behind the attacks on the US military bases in Iraq. Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi said that these accusations of the attack and other similar incidents in Iraq “are just false allegations.” “The Americans will later realize that they are wrong.” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday warned Iran of the recent attacks on the US bases in Iraq, as Washington believes that the pro-Iranian groups have been behind the incidents.
Angry Iraqi protesters on Saturday set fire to the house of the candidate for the country’s premiership. The incident occurred in the city of Ammara in Missan province, where the demonstrators raided the house of Mohammed Shia al-Sudani and set it on fire. A number the political parties have agreed on al-Sudani’s candidacy supported by pro-Iranian groups. Iraqi protesters have repeatedly made it clear that they do not want the future prime minister to have held any official positions in the previous cabinets, while al-Sudani formerly served as the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs.
Clashes between riot police and anti-government protesters in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, have left dozens of people wounded. The violence began as demonstrators, who had been attacked during a sit-in by masked counter-protesters, tried to move into a square near parliament. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets, while protesters threw stones. At least 20 officers were also wounded.