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Iraq Kurdish parliament turns into melee

A session of Iraq's Kurdish parliament turned into a melee, with angry MPs hurling water bottles at ruling politicians as a minister was probed over recent protests.

Kurdish Interior Minister Karim Sinjari was being questioned before the regional assembly late Tuesday over two months of protests in the region's second city of Sulaimaniyah that have left at least three demonstrators dead and dozens wounded.

Lawmakers for the opposition Goran [Change] bloc began shouting and banging their fists in anger after their attempt to ask follow-up questions was blocked by the house speaker, Kamal Kirkuki, a member of the ruling Kurdistania alliance.

Goran member Bushro Tawfeeq then hurled two bottles of water at Kirkuki in anger.

In a news conference after the meeting, Kirkuki threatened unspecified "legal action" against Tawfeeq, saying the MP's reaction was "contrary to democratic systems."

Demonstrations have sprouted in Iraq this year after uprisings toppled entrenched regimes in Tunisia and Egypt and spread in the Arab world.

More than 100 people have been wounded since Sunday in protests in Sulaimaniyah, with rallies ongoing in the city since mid-February.

-AFP/NOW Lebanon