Erbil governor promises easy access with Kirkuk passengers

August 20, 2018 at 3:56 pm

Erbil, 20 August 2018, Nawzad Hadi, Erbil governor, visited the Sherawa checkpoint and promised to facilitate for passengers coming from Kirkuk. Photo: K24 website

Erbil, 20 August 2018, Nawzad Hadi, Erbil governor, visited the Sherawa checkpoint and promised to facilitate for passengers coming from Kirkuk. Photo: K24 website

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The governor of Erbil Nawzad Hadi promised a smooth access to Erbil for passengers coming from Kirkuk, following the official reopening of the bridge between the two cities on 19 August.
The road between Erbil and Kirkuk was closed since the federal raid on the disputed areas on 16 October 2017, where peshmerga forces withdrew. A fleeting clash between the two forces happened in Prde, which caused the bridge between the two cities to collapse.

After 10 months, the road was open to access once again after installing a temporary iron bridge. However, much work is to be done for the repairment of the bridge.
The acting governor of Kirkuk Rakan Saeed issued a statement saying, “The vote is unanimous on that we treat those who come from Erbil to Kirkuk as the treatment of those who go from Kirkuk to Erbil.”
Saeed said the checkpoint in Prde [Altun Kopri] will be manned by the federal police.

Kirkuk, August 2018, the instalment of a temporary iron bridge on Prde bridge. Photo: Federal Police

Kirkuk, August 2018, the instalment of a temporary iron bridge on Prde bridge. Photo: Federal Police

The statement came following a meeting of security officials, including federal police, anti-terrorism and Kirkuk police.
On 20 August, Erbil governor, the chief of Erbil security [Asayish] Tariq Nuri, chief of police Abdulkhaliq Talaat and the head of tourism commission visited the checkpoint of Sherawa, in between the two cities.

We’ve come to ensure that the procedures are satisfactory for people

Nuri said the visit is to ensure that no obstacle is coming to those who visit Erbil from Kirkuk, “We’ve come to ensure that the procedures are satisfactory for people.”
Hadi said they will take care of “whatever facilitation is needed”. Erbil governor said their departments will serve tourists on the Eid al-Adha days, 21-24 August.

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