November 22, 2019 / 7:41 AM / 24 days ago

Security forces reopen Iraq's Umm Qasr port -port sources

BASRA, Iraq, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces dispersed by force on Friday protesters who had been blocking the entrance to the country’s main Gulf Umm Qasr port near Basra and reopened it, port officials told Reuters.

Employees were able to enter the port, the entrance to which protesters had been blocking since Monday, but operations had not resumed yet, the sources said.

Umm Qasr was previously blocked from Oct. 29 to Nov. 9 with a brief resumption of operations between Nov. 7-9. It receives imports of grain, vegetable oils and sugar shipments that feed a country largely dependent on imported food. (Reporting by Aref Mohammed; Writing by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Alex Richardson)

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