Kirkuk village, ministry looking to bridge gap

Ethnic hostilities subside as a joint committee is formed to address controversial evictions of villagers near oil facilities in Kirkuk.
Villages like this in the Dibis district of Kirkuk face eviction for building too close to oil pipelines. (BEN LANDO/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD - Potential unrest in a village west of Kirkuk has been mitigated, for the moment. The government of the district of Dibis and the Oil Ministry have agreed to form a committee to study allegations that villagers have been building too close to oil infrastructure.

Earlier this year the North Oil Company’s director general, Hameed al-Saeidi, sent a letter to the Dibis police chief with a list of alleged violations of regulations barring building close to pipelines, and asking the police to kick out the culprits.

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