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Ferry accident in Mosul calls for 94 Dead

In the case of the ferry accident in the Northern Iraqi city of Mosul almost a hundred people came, according to the latest figures, killed. There are at least 94 people Dead, said the interior Ministry on Thursday evening in Baghdad. Earlier, according to 19 children are among the Victims. 55 passengers were rescued, the Ministry said.

According to information from security sources, the ship was capsized because it was overloaded. In addition, the water level of the Tigris river was higher than usual.

On the ferry families, who wanted to translate on the occasion of the Kurdish new year festival Newroz, a popular picnic place. The accident on the Tigris river, the worst accident in Iraq for years.

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The members of Parliament Abdel Rahim al-Schamari said that the ferry had been built for 50 people, but had around 200 on Board. Eyewitnesses also reported that she was old. Against the owner of the ferry, and another Person arrest warrants were issued.

Because it had rained in the past few weeks in the Region, the water level of the Tigris is currently high, the rescue work difficult. Mosuls inhabitants were called upon to participate in the rescue of the victims. Helicopters were in use.

The former million city of Mosul had been overrun in the summer of 2014 by the terrorist militia Islamic state (IS). Iraqi troops were able to get rid of 2017, with air support from the international Anti-IS coalition. Large parts of the city but are now destroyed. The old town Mossuls was placed in the fight against the Sunni fanatics almost completely in rubble. The billion dollar reconstruction is progressing very slowly.

(fal/afp/sda)

Created: 21.03.2019, 21:58 PM

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