Skip to main content

Power cuts in scorching Iraqi heat prompt protests

Iraq has long suffered from electricity cuts, which make life unbearable during the sweltering summer months.
fans in Baghdad

Protests broke out in Iraq today amid scorching hot temperatures as well as electricity and water cuts.

The temperature in the capital Baghdad was as high as 48 degrees Celsius (118 Fahrenheit) on Friday, according to AccuWeather. The situation in the country was compounded by hours-long electricity and water cuts.

During Iraq’s hot summer months, air conditioning and water-based fans can be the only reprieve. One video posted on a popular Iraqi Telegram channel showed a mob of men crowded around an ice vendor in the southern al-Qadisiyyah province during the water and electricity cuts in the area.

Electricity cuts occur throughout the year in Iraq, prompting many people to rely on gas-powered generators for around-the-clock power, though some cannot afford them. Generators often power whole neighborhoods and are paid for by residents. The cuts worsen in the summer months, when power needs are higher.

Some reasons for the recent cuts include insufficient supplies of gas and attacks on power lines, according to Iraqi media outlets. The Islamic State sometimes targets power lines in the country.

There was a protest in the Iraqi capital Baghdad against the lengthy electricity cuts, Reuters reported.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi vowed to fix the electricity woes “quickly” on Friday. Kadhimi also dismissed the director of Iraq’s national electricity company, according to statements from his office.

The Erbil-based news outlet Rudaw reported on Friday that electricity had been restored to some areas in central and southern Iraq.

Join hundreds of Middle East professionals with Al-Monitor PRO.

Business and policy professionals use PRO to monitor the regional economy and improve their reports, memos and presentations. Try it for free and cancel anytime.


The Middle East's Best Newsletters

Join over 50,000 readers who access our journalists dedicated newsletters, covering the top political, security, business and tech issues across the region each week.
Delivered straight to your inbox.


What's included:
Our Expertise

Free newsletters available:

  • The Takeaway & Week in Review
  • Middle East Minute (AM)
  • Daily Briefing (PM)
  • Business & Tech Briefing
  • Security Briefing
  • Gulf Briefing
  • Israel Briefing
  • Palestine Briefing
  • Turkey Briefing
  • Iraq Briefing

Premium Membership

Join the Middle East's most notable experts for premium memos, trend reports, live video Q&A, and intimate in-person events, each detailing exclusive insights on business and geopolitical trends shaping the region.

$25.00 / month
billed annually

Become Member Start with 1-week free trial

We also offer team plans. Please send an email to and we'll onboard your team.

What's included:
Our Expertise AI-driven

Memos - premium analytical writing: actionable insights on markets and geopolitics.

Live Video Q&A - Hear from our top journalists and regional experts.

Special Events - Intimate in-person events with business & political VIPs.

Trend Reports - Deep dive analysis on market updates.

All premium Industry Newsletters - Monitor the Middle East's most important industries. Prioritize your target industries for weekly review:

  • Capital Markets & Private Equity
  • Venture Capital & Startups
  • Green Energy
  • Supply Chain
  • Sustainable Development
  • Leading Edge Technology
  • Oil & Gas
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Banking

Already a Member? Sign in

Start your PRO membership today.

Join the Middle East's top business and policy professionals to access exclusive PRO insights today.

Join Al-Monitor PRO Start with 1-week free trial