May 20th, 2007 05:17 EST
Operational Update For Samarra
TIKRIT, Iraq – The standard nighttime curfew in Samarra remains in effect from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for all vehicles and from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for pedestrian traffic; this is the same curfew that has been in place since May 10.
A more restrictive curfew, limiting vehicle and pedestrian traffic, was set in place by the provincial government of Salah Ad Din in the wake of an insurgent attack on the city’s police headquarters May 6, 2007, that killed 12 policemen and left another 11 wounded.
The restrictive curfew has since been lifted, substituted by the standard curfew.
The Iraqi Army, under a directive from the provincial government, has established checkpoints along the Samarra Bridge to facilitate the safety of the Samarra citizens. These checkpoints have affected the flow of certain supplies into the city.
Initially, only emergency vehicles escorted by Iraqi Security Forces were permitted to pass through the security stops.
Since the beginning of the provincial government imposed restrictions, the Iraqi Army has gradually adjusted its restrictions and has coordinated for eight fuel trucks to enter the city and to relieve the fuel shortage.
In response to road damage to the primary route into Samarra, residents and supply vehicles began using two alternate routes leading into Samarra. Both routes are from the east side of the Tigris; one route from the north, using a bridge located near Tikrit, and another route from the south.
Samarra’s main waterline was heavily damaged by a terrorist’s car bomb forcing city officials to temporarily turn off the water supply to allow the municipal workers to repair the line. The damaged waterline is adjacent to a main power-line, and the city’s electrical grid was offline until repairs were completed. Repairs to the waterline were completed May 8, only 48 hours after the car bomb destroyed the police station and damaged the waterlines. Samarra’s public utilities, including water and electric service, are currently operational.
“Coalition Forces continue to provide help with the security of Samarra. The Iraqi Security Forces, in coordination with the provincial government of Salah ad Din and the city government of Samarra, have recovered from the terrorist attack,” said Lt. Col. Viet Luong, commander of 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. “They are working to return the lives of Samarra’s citizens back to normalcy.”
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