2019-05-16: On Wednesday evening (15 May, local time) several people were killed and multiple injured during violent protests against corruption in Najaf. Buildings were set on fire. Security forces of shopping centres were shooting at protesters.
Heightened security measures and operations of security forces are to be expected. Violent clashes between protesters and security forces are possible. Travellers are advised to exercise caution, to strictly avoid demonstrations, road blockades, large gatherings, and deployments of security forces, and to follow instructions from security forces.