Seven more dead in Iraq as parties close ranks around PM

A month-long protest in Iraq has left at least 300 dead and 12,000 wounded, but parties closed ranks around battered PM Mahdi.

A further seven protesters were killed on Saturday in Iraq as a result of security forces clearing protest sites in Baghdad and Basra using live ammunition, tear gas and sound bombs.

Iraqi forces moved towards Tahrir Square were most protestors gathered during the month-long protest demanding regime change. Police fired live rounds and tear gas.

Three demonstrators died from bullet wounds and a fourth was killed when a tear gas canister pierced his skull, medics and police sources told AFP.

At least 300 people have been killed during the last 30 days. 

Political leaders agreed to close ranks around Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi. One of the requests of the people is for Mahdi to resign.