Oil production, exporting unaffected in Basra, curfew still imposed: Reports

Iraqi security forces stand guard inside the west Qurna 2 oilfield, during a protest in north Basra, Iraq July 14, 2018. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani

Basra ( The production and exporting of oil has remained steady without being affected in Basra province, unless in Nahrawan and Majnoon oilfields, a navigational source was quoted saying on Sunday.

Speaking to Alghad Press, the source said “the protests in Basra did not affect the exporting or production of oil.” After the protests, “Nahrawan station was totally suspended, while the production was reduced in Majnoon.”

The oil ministry, according to the source, “is trying to control the situation in all oilfields in order not to be affected by the protests.”

Meanwhile, the website reported that curfew in Basra is still ongoing and that Assaad al-Eidani, the governor, was quoted saying it will be more strict over the coming few hours in order to avoid assaults.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi ordered security forces to be on high alert and imposed curfew in several southern provinces.

Several civilians as well as security personnel were wounded in clashes with armed people, who attacked the protesters in Maysan province.

On Saturday, two protesters were reportedly killed in Najaf on Saturday as members of the Shiite militia of Asaeb Ahl al-Haq were shot at the demonstrations.

Issues with internet services were reported across the protests-hit regions.

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