Iraqi port authority says hazardous materials removed from Baghdad International Airport

Baghdad international Airport is pictured in Baghdad, Iraq, March 17, 2020. Photo by REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani.

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SULAIMANI — The federal Border Port Authority said on Monday (August 10) that a quantity of chemicals and combustible material were transferred from the air cargo section of Baghdad International Airport to the Ministry of Defense’s Military Engineering Directorate in a move designed to avoid a disaster like the one that occurred in Beirut last week.

The material was transported on the instructions of Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, who has also ordered the formation of a committee to identify and secure high-risk materials around the country so that they cannot harm civilians.

Baghdad International Airport is frequently a target for rocket attacks, which are blamed on groups within the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF).

On August 4, 158 people were killed and hundreds were wounded after a heavy blast ripped through Beirut’s port, destroying swathes of the seaside city.

The following day, Iraq’s General Authority of Customs announced that it would strengthen its procedures for the storage and transfer of hazardous chemicals and other dangerous materials at all land, sea, and air entry points.

(NRT Digital Media)