Iraq’s Umm Qasr port resumes operating

BAGHDAD, Regular work has been restored at the Iraqi border port of Umm Qasr following a weeklong suspension due to protests outside the vital facility.

The Iraqi Transport Ministry said in a statement on Sunday that personnel were able to resume work due to an understanding among leaders of the demonstrators that it could not be kept shut and disrupt arrival of basic commodities needed by the majority of the people.

Bulk of the commodities delivered at the port include meat, vegetables and other basic food.

Up to 1,600 containers were emptied today and 120,000 cattle heads disembarked from a ship.

The harbor had been shut due to demonstrations around the facility by Iraqis protesting living conditions and corruption.

Source: Kuwait News Agency