Oil exports from the Iraq’s Kurdistan region to Ceyhan, in southern Turkey, have been interrupted since Tuesday 16 February following attacks on the export pipeline near the Turkish city of Urfa.

In a statement released on 18 February, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) condemned the attacks.

“Such attacks directly damage the welfare of the people of Kurdistan Region and harm the KRG’s ability to pay its Peshmerga and fund the fight against ISIS,” it said.

Iraqi Kurdistan is currently enduring a worsening financial crisis driven by the ongoing war with Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) and reduced revenues due to the collapse in global oil prices.