Sunday, 26 May 2013 13:31
News / Hundreds of truck drivers and traders in Basra province
protested on Sunday, in front of Safwan port border to protest the new
measures taken by the General Directorate of Ports in inspection of
goods entering from Kuwait.
“Nearly 400 people of truck drivers,
traders and workers protested this morning in front of Safwan border
port against the decision issued by the Directorate General of Ports
border to cancel the inspection of sonar device and rely on direct staff
in the port to inspect goods coming from Kuwait via taking them off the
trucks,” a local official in Safwan sub-district told “Shafaq News”.
demonstrators tried to storm the office of Safwan port office but its
bodyguards fired shots in the air and prevented their entry to prevent
the evolving of events while demonstrators started throwing water
bottles towards staff and security elements operating in the port,” the
The National Alliance MP for Basra province, Susan
Saad revealed in the 14th of current May that most sonar devices to
detect explosives don’t work in border ports in Basra.
noted that the outgoing Deputy Chairman of the provincial council in
Basra, Ahmed Al Sulaiti noted in the 15th of current May, addressing the
Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Finance on the subject of
sonar devices, stressing the lack of response to their demands in this
It is worth mentioning that Iraq imported in 2007
detectors of explosives (ID-651) from (ITCS) British Company, despite
exposure of its ineffective to the Iraqi public, but the Iraqi
government insisted on using it; what caused the death and injury of
thousands of Iraqis, observers have pointed out then, that millions of
dollars were obtained by the implementers of the deal because of the
declared price difference and the price of real devices.