Basra residents, who have been protesting to demand services and jobs, are disappointed with the new government for not appointing any minister from Basra and call for the establishment of a Basra federal region.
After a week of protests, volunteers in Basra return to the location of the protests, but this time to clean up the streets and fix any damages that had occurred. The volunteers said that they want to show the world that they are conscious protesters and not vandals.
Last week, the protests in Basra resulted in the burning of government offices, political parties HQs, and the Iranian consulate. Since then, the protests have calmed. Troops sent from Baghdad have reinforced police numbers, while government offices and markets reopened after a quiet night.
Jan Kubis, the UN’s special representative in Iraq, called on ‘the authorities to avoid using disproportionate, lethal force against the demonstrators’ in Basra. Residents are angry over pollution of the local water supply, which has put 20,000 people in the hospital.
Pioneer Pharmaceutical Industries has launched a campaign to send 9 loaded convoys filled with medicine to Basra Province following the breakout of various infections due to the poor conditions in the province.
Youth in Anbar Province have launched a campaign to collect donations to buy bottles of clean water to be sent to residents of Basra Province due to the current water crisis that Basra is facing. The initiative succeeded in collecting enough money to buy and send over a million bottles to Basra.
In Basra, south of Iraq, more than 14,000 cases recorded in the past two weeks related to the consumption of unclean water. As a result political and tribal leaders from the oil hub have threatened to obstruct crude exports if their demands are not met.
The Iraqi Council of Ministers has approved a regulation requiring that 50% of foreign oil company employees working in the country be Iraqis. This comes after mass demonstrations in Basra calling for improved public services and increased job opportunities.