At least four people on Friday became the victims of unknown snipers opened fire during a protest in Baghdad, said Kurdish TV channel “Rudaw”.

Two of the dead were members of the Iraqi security forces and two civilians.

Meanwhile, the number of victims of the riots has reached 42 people. According to local human rights defenders, injured 1936 people were detained 454 protesters, however, of these, 287 have been released.

Iraqis marching against unemployment, government corruption and low quality of public services. Many of the protesters are young people. Most protests take place in Baghdad and in southern Iraq.

Because of the protests, Iraqi authorities have blocked Internet access in large parts of the country and imposed a curfew. However, according to “Rudaw” Friday the protests continued in several districts of Baghdad.

On Friday, the protesters appealed to the Prime Minister of Iraq Adel Abdul Mahdi, saying that the authorities hear them, and encouraged to go home.

Also on Friday, for the first time since the start of the protests were made by Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani the most influential cleric among Iraqi Shiites. He criticized the Iraqi authorities and urged to stop the riots on the streets of Iraq.