Iran resumes electricity supplies to Iraq

Iran said on Tuesday it had resumed supplies of electricity to Iraq and other neighbouring states 10 days earlier, after shortages in Iraqi cities sparked unrest in July.

Tehran stopped supplying electricity to Iraq in July due to unpaid bills and because of a rise in Iranian consumption during the summer.

The power shortage in Iraq sparked protests in Basra and other cities, as people blamed what they called an inept and corrupt Iraqi government.

Much of the anger in the protests was directed at Iranian influence in Iraq.

Published in Middle East Eye, 21st August, 2018