BAGHDAD, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- The death toll of protesters from clashes on Friday between demonstrators and security forces in Iraq's southern province of Dhi Qar rose to 15, a local television reported.
"The latest reports said 15 demonstrators were killed and some 100 others wounded and suffocated by the smoke and tear gas canisters," an anonymous medical source told al-Nasiriyah satellite channel.
Earlier in the day, the channel put the toll at seven killed and 76 others wounded in the clashes between demonstrators and security forces that erupted during the day in central Nasiriyah, capital city of Dhi Qar.
With increasing deaths among the protesters in Dhi Qar in the past few days, a statement by the provincial police said on Friday that Mohammed al-Quraishi, commander of Dhi Qar provincial police, had resigned from his post.
"The resignation came in condemnation of what happened in Dhi Qar: killing dozens of demonstrators by forces from outside the province," the statement said.
In a statement on Thursday night, Adel al-Dukhaili, governor of Dhi Qar, also announced his resignation in response to the killing and wounding of dozens of protesters in Nasiriyah city.
Mass demonstrations have continued in the capital Baghdad and other cities in central and southern Iraq since early October, demanding comprehensive reform, accountability for corruption, improvement of public services and job opportunities.