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Iraq's Kurdish authorities working to resume gas supply after deadly attack

Iraqi Kurdish ministries of electricity and natural resources said on Saturday they are working with their partners to restore operations at the Khor Mor gas field in Iraq's Kurdistan region after output was suspended because of a deadly drone attack.

At least four Yemeni workers were killed, and two other workers were injured in the attack late on Friday, the Kurdish regional government said on X. It said gas supplies to power plants were also halted, resulting in a reduction of approximately 2,500 megawatts of power generation.

So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid and Kurdish Prime Minister Masrour Barzani each condemned the attack.

"Our security services must investigate the incident without delay and hold the perpetrators accountable. Preventative measures must also be taken immediately," Rashid said in a post on Saturday.

"Attacks on energy hubs that power millions of homes in the Kurdistan Region and Iraqi provinces are indefensible. These attacks also sabotage efforts by Irbil and Baghdad to develop the energy sector. They happen with disturbing frequency and amount to war crimes," Barzani said Friday.

The U.S. State Department said in a statement: "Attacks like this are an affront to Iraq's sovereignty."

Pearl Petroleum, a five-company consortium that includes two major independent United Arab Emirates oil and gas companies — Dana Gas and Crescent Petroleum, has the rights to exploit Khor Mor and Chemchemal, two of Iraq's biggest gas fields.

The UAE's foreign ministry described the attack as a "blatant violation of international law."

"The Ministry expressed the UAE's solidarity with all measures undertaken by Iraq to protect its sovereignty, security and stability, stressing the UAE's support for its endeavors in combatting terrorism, while underscoring the UAE's commitment to reinforcing security and stability in Iraq," it said in a statement.

Iraq has witnessed drone and rocket attacks since Israel's war in Gaza began in October, mostly targeting bases housing troops belonging to a U.S-led military coalition. They have been claimed by the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella group of hardline pro-Iran militias.

The attack on Friday also underscores security concerns for the oil-rich nation.

The Khor Mor gas field lies near territories under Iraqi control and Kirkuk province, one of the disputed territories between the Iraqi capital Baghdad and Irbil, the provincial capital of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

Natural resources have been at the backbone of Kurdish hopes for autonomy since a civil war erupted in the 1990s.

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