Iraq’s health ministry to launch legal case after protesters force local head to resign

Iraqi protesters flee smoke grenades fired by security forces amid clashes following an anti-government demonstration in Iraq’s southern city of Nasiriyah in Dhi Qar province. (File/AFP)
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Updated 04 June 2020

Iraq’s health ministry to launch legal case after protesters force local head to resign

  • Demonstrators barged into the office of the local head of health and forced him to resign
  • The first deputy speaker of Iraq’s Parliament Hassan Al-Kaabi said what happened was a “disaster”

DUBAI: Iraq’s Ministry of Health and Environment said they will launch a legal case against those who forced the local health ministry head to resign in Dhi Qar, state news agency INA reported.
Demonstrators in the in governorate, south of Iraq, forced local head of the health authority Abdul Hussain Al-Jabri’s to resign after they barged into his office. They also filmed the process on their phones and one of them is heard saying in Arabic “we need a real resignation.”

Meanwhile, the first deputy speaker of Iraq’s Parliament Hassan Al-Kaabi said what happened in Dhi Qar was a “disaster” and should not go unpunished, in another report by INA.
Al-Kaabi called on the Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhami and head of police in the governorate to arrest all those who barged into Al-Jabri’s office and forced him to resign.
Protests in Dhi Qar have been going on since Tuesday and several demonstrators were injured and arrested, US-based Arabi channel Al-Hurra reported.
The protestors are demanding for local heads resignation, for justice against those who killed demonstrators and for easing of coronavirus regulations.


Fire flares at Iranian power plant, latest in series of incidents

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Fire flares at Iranian power plant, latest in series of incidents

  • The blaze, which affected a transformer in the power station in the city of Ahvaz, was put out by fire fighters and electricity was restored after partial outages
  • On Thursday, a fire broke out at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility but officials said operations were not affected

DUBAI: A fire broke out at a power station in southwestern Iran on Saturday, Iranian media reported, the latest of several recent fires and explosions some of which have hit sensitive sites.
The blaze, which affected a transformer in the power station in the city of Ahvaz, was put out by fire fighters and electricity was restored after partial outages, Mostafa Rajabi Mashhadi, a spokesman for state-run power company TAVANIR, told the semi-official news agency Tasnim.
On Thursday, a fire broke out at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility but officials said operations were not affected.
A former official suggested the incident could have been an attempt to sabotage work at the plant, which have been involved in activities that breach an international nuclear deal.
Nineteen people were killed on Tuesday in an explosion at a medical clinic in the north of the capital Tehran, which an official said was caused by a gas leak.
On June 26, an explosion occurred east of Tehran near the Parchin military and weapons development base that the authorities said was caused by a leak in a gas storage facility in an area outside the base.