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Shiite militias refuse to share sorrow with Iraqis

Iraqi soldiers take away a protester, relative of victims drowned after an overloaded ferry sank in Tigris river, who attacked Iraqi President Barham Salih's motorcade during his visit to the scene, in Mosul, Iraq March 22, 2019

Activists on social media expressed their deep resentment to the Iran-backed militias in Iraq for their ignoring a national tragic that harvested the lives of 100 persons at a ferry sank near Mosul on Thursday.

The silence of these militias have raised question whether they are behind the incident or they just don't feel that they belong to this country, or feel sorrow for the losses of its people, according to activists, saying that these parties and blocs hate Iraqis.

They also criticized the failure of senior officials to immediately respond to rescue the terrified passengers at the Tigris.

Iraqi writer and researcher Hisham al-Hashem said that some leaked reports revealed that one of the main reasons behind the capsized ferry is the overload, and that the administration of the ferry did not comply with the conditions of safety, durability, rescue or even first aid.

The preliminary report prepared by a committee from the Ministry of the Interior and investigating magistrates confirmed that the ferry was carrying about 170-175 people, while Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi announced the death of 100 passengers, Hashimi said, according to leaked information, there are 30 people whose status has not been identified yet.

Arresting suspects

Hashimi said that the judge assigned for the cause issued immediate arrest warrants for the suspects, including the owner of the ferry, and the one who uses it for investment.

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.
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.


Last Modified: Saturday، 23 March 2019 12:24 AM