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Protests block Iraq president’s pathway over Mosul ferry sinking

People and relatives of victims waiting on the bank of the Tigris river where the ferry sank in Mosul, Iraq, Thursday, March 21, 2019. A ferry overloaded with people celebrating the Kurdish new year sank in the Tigris River near the Iraqi city of Mos
Iraqi residents of the northern city of Mosul, angry over the sinking of a ferry in the Tigris and killing 95 people, blocked a road where Iraq's presidential convoy was passing on Friday, chanting "no to corruption" and pelting the provincial governor's car with stones in protest.

A ferry with a 'technical problem' capsized in the Tigris River near the northern city of Mosul on Thursday, with scores of people on board, including dozens of families with children. 

Shortly afterward, protesters pelted the SUV of the governor of Nineveh province, Nofal al-Akoub, with bottles and stones, demanding that he be sacked from the post.

The incident occurred in the Tigris River in Mosul at around 4 p.m. local time near an amusement park during Newroz celebrations.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi ordered an investigation into the incident with at least nine workers operating the ferry arrested.

The ferry was transporting people from a bank of the river to a small tourist island called Umm al-Rabeein.

Survivors of Thursday's disaster were treated in hospitals heavily damaged by the months-long military campaign against the jihadists.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) announced canceling Newroz celebration in solidarity with the victims of the sunken ferry.