Road to Haji Omaran border crossing closed due to major road damage


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SULAIMANI — Officials in Soran district on Wednesday (July 21) announced the closure of the main road leading to the important Haji Omaran border crossing with Iran because of a large crack that recently opened up in the roadway as it traverses the Soran-Papshtian mountain ridge.

According to Iraqi News Agency (INA), a senior delegation of officials led by Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Reconstruction and Housing Agrin Abdulla visited the site in Erbil governorate for an inspection tour.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crack, but the Kurdistan Region lies along a major tectonic fault line.

The closure will continue until the end of the Eid al-Adha holiday on Friday.

A detour has been established, with officials calling on motorists to avoid the area to prevent traffic jams on the smaller road.

(NRT Digital Media)