Protesters close the port of Umm Qasr shortly after opening
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Economy News _ Baghdad
Protesters on Thursday re-closed the port of Umm Qasr in Basra after a number of vehicles and staff entered early.
The demonstrators allowed the port to work briefly after it was closed for about a week, which caused the suspension of operations and losses estimated by the government by about six billion dollars.
The government has sent military reinforcements from the army with armored vehicles and Humvees to Umm Qasr on Monday evening, while the Basra Operations Command announced the implementation of aerial surveys at the gate.
Since Wednesday, protesters have closed the port, which receives imports of grain, vegetable oil and sugar shipments that feed the country, which depends heavily on imported food.