Operations resume at Iraqi port, oil refinery after protesters leave – sources

Operations resume at Iraqi port, oil refinery after protesters leave - sources

Operations resumed at a port and an oil refinery in southern Iraq on Thursday after protesters left both areas, port officials, security and oil sources said.

They did not immediately say why the protesters had left.

Anti-government demonstrators had blocked roads at Umm Qasr commodities port, halting operations for more than a week. On Wednesday, they stopped fuel tankers entering or leaving Nassiriya oil refinery, causing shortages in the south.

The blocking of Umm Qasr, which receives imports of grain, vegetable oils and sugar shipments that feed a country largely dependent on imported food, has cost the country more than $6 billion, the government said on Wednesday.

All terminals were operating normally in the early hours of Thursday, said Safa al-Hussein, manager of Iraq’s state-owned ports company.