Speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi, on Friday, condoled with Iraqi people for the
death of dozens of citizens as a ferry sank near Mosul, saying that Mosul has
suffered much more than any other Iraqi city.
An overcrowded ferry capsized in the Tigris River near Mosul, killing nearly 120 people, according to many reports, during Nowruz and Mother's Day celebrations on Thursday. Among the victims were at least 12 children, according to health ministry spokesman Saif al-Badr.
During his visit to Nineveh, Halbousi held a meeting with President Barham Salih, Nineveh commander Najm al-Jabouri, and a number of parliament members, a statement by Halbousi's office read.
Halbousi said that Iraq sacrificed to liberate Mosul and beat terrorism, adding that this victory must be preserved, and that the corrupt must not be allowed to spoil this achievement.
The speaker said that the legislative and executive authorities have the responsibility to liberate the city from the corrupt and outlawed. He affirmed that the Parliament will take important decisions at the next meeting regarding Mosul.
The ferry was transporting people from a bank of the river to a small tourist island called Umm al-Rabeein.
Minister Adil Abdul al-Mahdi ordered an immediate investigation and demanded the findings be presented to him within 24 hours, according to a statement.
The US Embassy in Baghdad issued a statement expressing condolences to families of the victims. "Chargé d'Affaires Joey Hood and the entire United States Mission express our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in the tragic ferry accident on the Tigris River near Mosul," it read.