The shelves of the supermarket chain Big Deal supermarket in the Iraqi capital Baghdad are full of fresh fruits and vegetables as the Iraqi government reopened its markets.
The markets, which opened more than a month ago, were shut down due to a lack of funds, a government official said Tuesday.
The opening of the markets came after a U.N. humanitarian assistance agency announced that its offices had been attacked by ISIL militants and was closing for reconstruction work.
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said it had received reports of ISIL attacks in Baghdad and other parts of Iraq and that its staff were under heavy attack by gunmen.
The Iraqi government also said that more than 4,500 U.s were killed in the country’s sectarian conflict that began in 2015.
The attacks on the markets are part of the U,s effort to reopen the markets following the destruction of most of the countrys first market in March.
The government has also opened a market in Kirkuk and an additional one in Samarra.
Iraqi President Fuad Masum said he is open to the U.,s assistance.
“I have opened my markets because I know that you can help me in the reconstruction work,” he said.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi also said his government was open to assistance.
But he added that his government would not be able to rebuild all the markets because the U and other donors need to provide funds.
“We can only reconstruct the markets in our country,” he told CNN.
“The other partners have already done so and now we are going to help them.”
The markets were closed because of the cost of reconstruction work and because of lack of cash, according to a statement by the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture.
The ministry said that after more than 3,000 U. food aid trucks left for Baghdad, there were only 30 food vendors in Baghdad.
Baghdad is home to about a third of the roughly 2 million people who live in the capital.
“We are going through a severe financial crisis in the coming months.
The current financial situation is not good, and the government is not able to provide any help,” al-Nouri al-Asiri, the Us minister for food aid, said in a statement.
“Therefore, we have asked the international community for help to solve this crisis and to reopen all the restaurants and other businesses.”
In a separate development, a group of Iraqi businessmen led by a member of the Shi’ite majority Sadrist party, Ali al-Ahmed, has been arrested in the central Iraqi city of Kirkuk on charges of “hostile acts” against the U government.
They are accused of supporting ISIL, which has seized vast swathes of northern and western Iraq.
In March, the government launched a new market in the Shiite-majority town of Baiji in northern Iraq, a popular tourist destination.
There, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have taken to the streets to demand the return of markets that they say were closed to their will.
The market, set up by a local organization, has since been closed to the public.
The prime minister of Iraq’s Shi’ites, Sheikh Abdulrahman al-Sadr, called the market’s closure a “provocation.”
The Iraqi economy has shrunk in recent years as the country struggles to rebuild its shattered economy.
The U. is also trying to reopen markets in the Kurdish-majority provinces of Kirkil and Sinjar, the home of some of the largest Kurdish populations in the Middle East, after ISIL militants seized the citys oilfields and oilfields in mid-2016.
Iraq has been struggling to regain economic power since the 2003 U.-S.
invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein and set off the civil war.
Since then, Baghdad has been grappling with the fallout of a decade of war and economic collapse that has left millions of Iraqis in need of food aid and humanitarian assistance.
Since the end of the conflict in 2015, more than 10 million Iraqis have been displaced, according a UN report released Monday.