Hundreds of demonstrators forced the closure of the Safwan border crossing with Kuwait, confirming that their protests will continue till their demands are met.
The protesters also slammed the government‘s inaction to carry out a reform plan, threatening to stage an open sit-in unless their demands are met.
Tension has been building on in Basra over rising unemployment and repeated power outages, with protests spreading to several other provinces, including the capital Baghdad.
Roughly 80 percent of Iraq’s overall crude oil exports originate from oilfields in Basra province.
For years, Basra residents have complained that foreign nationals, rather than locals, were being employed by the domestic energy sector.
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