Iraqis protest rise in food prices

Iraqis demonstrate to denounce rising prices of basic food items in al-Haboubi Square in Nasiriyah in the southern Dhi Qar province. – AFP pic, March 9, 2022.

PROTESTS erupted today in Iraq’s impoverished south over a rise in food prices that officials attributed to the conflict in Ukraine.

For about a week, the price of cooking oils and flour have skyrocketed in local markets as government officials have sought to address growing anger with various statements and measures.

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