Basra: Two protesters died and 11 more were injured on Tuesday during clashes with security forces in Iraq's southern oil hub Basra, local health and security sources said.
Protesters stormed a government building where they had been demonstrating and set it alight.
Protesters hurled petrol bombs and stones at the provincial government headquarters for a second night, and were attempting to block roads leading to the building. Security forces fired live rounds in the air as well as tear gas, local sources said.
Government buildings in Basra have been the target of demonstrators who are demanding better public services and an end to corruption.
Protests have swept cities in the long neglected south over electricity outages during the hot Iraqi summer, a lack of jobs and proper government services, and entrenched graft.
But public anger has swelled at a time when politicians are struggling to form a new government after an inconclusive parliamentary election in May.