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UN express solidarity with Iraq after ship sinking in Tigris River

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres expressed his solidarity with Iraq following the tragic death of 100 persons in a ferry sank in the Tigris River on Thursday.

In a statement released Friday, the UN High Representative expressed its sorrow for the tragic loss of life after a passenger ferry capsized near Mosul.

Guterres sent his condolences to victims' families, the Government and all Iraqis, wishing the wounded a speed recovery.

The UN reiterated its readiness to support national assistance efforts, as necessary.

Iraqi Prime Minister, Adil Abd al-Mahdi, this Friday decreed a three-day national mourning for the ferry tragedy on the Tigris River.

According to preliminary reports, the dead passengers included 61 women and 19 children who were celebrating the advent of the new Persian calendar year, the arrival of spring and the end of winter in the northern hemisphere.

The tragedy tarnished the resumption of the first festivities after the expulsion of terrorist groups from the area.

The sunk ship was carrying about 200 people who were crossing the Tigris to go to an excursion area to celebrate New Year's Day, Mother's Day, and to begin a vacation to mark the beginning of spring, according to media reports.

Local authorities, led by the Head of the Iraqi government, ordered an investigation to determine causes of the accident and the de facto responsibilities.

Last Modified: Friday، 22 March 2019 10:51 PM