Boat Sinks In Iraq, Killing Dozens During New Year Celebration

Most of the casualties on the ferry were women and children who could not swim

Most of the casualties on the ferry were women and children who could not swim

Most of the casualties on the ferry were women and children who could not swim, according to Saif al-Badr, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health, who said they accounted for at least 45 of the dead.

Numerous victims are women and children, according to the Mosul Eye, a blog that documents events in the city.

Mr Khalil said rescue teams have so far rescued 12 people and are continuing all efforts to save those on board when the vessel sank.

Boats are deployed to rescue people in the Tigris River after a overloaded ferry sank on 21 March, 2019 near Mosul.

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The families were celebrating the Kurdish and Iranian festival of Newroz, the traditional new year or spring festival. He added that more than 80 people were on the ferry when the accident occurred.

The vessel was believed to be carrying 100 people when it capsized.

Five ferry workers were arrested late on Thursday, security sources said.

Video footage showed scores of people being carried away in the water's fast current as passengers on a nearby boat shout.

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Iraqi forces drove ISIS jihadists from Mosul in 2017 after a devastating campaign that left entire neighbourhoods in ruins.

A local information source called Mosul Eye tweeted an appeal for people to go down to the river and help with the rescue operation.

"The Department of Water Resources warned a few days ago that the level of water will rise as a result of the opening of dams", said Habu.

Adel Abdul-Mahdi, the Iraqi prime minister, ordered an investigation and expressed deep condolences to the families of the victims.

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