On July 23, 2018, gunmen assassinated human rights lawyer Jabbar Mohammed Al-Karm.
The killing took place near the Al Hadi police station, shortly after Al Karm had left the Palace of Justice. The armed men, who were driving a Toyota Land Cruiser, intercepted his car and shot him 15 times. Jabbar Al-Karm was known to be defending many of the demonstrators detained in Basra since protests began on July 08, 2018.
During a peaceful demonstration on 20 July 2018 in Liberation Square in central Baghdad, a small group of demonstrators tried to move towards the Green Zone where the government headquarters are located. Riot police used tear gas canisters in such a way as to cause numerous head injuries to the small group and other demonstrators. They also used water cannons to disperse the demonstration.
Jabbar Mohammed Al-Karm was assassinated by gunmen after offering to defend the detainees.