"Ministers": losses of the closure of the port of Umm Qasr exceeded $ 6 billion
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Operations resumed at a port and an oil refinery in southern Iraq on Thursday, a week after it was halted as protesters left the two areas before closing again, port officials and security and oil sources said.
Anti-government protesters blocked roads leading to the Umm Qasr cargo port, halting operations for more than a week, as well as oil containers at the Nasiriyah refinery on Wednesday. The sources said that the protesters had left but did not specify the reason or how it was.The
port officials announced at the end of last month to stop all operations in the port, after the protesters closed the entrance, warning that further disruption of operations could damage the country and affect the flow of basic goods.
On Wednesday, a spokesman for Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said the closure of the important Iraqi port of Umm Qasr overlooking the Gulf by anti-government protesters had cost the country more than $ 6 billion so far.
"The closure of Umm Qasr harms the country," Khalaf told a news conference, adding that hundreds of trucks were still parked.
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