Dozens have been reported dead after a ferry sank in the Tigris River near Mosul, Iraq.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI has sent a message of condolences to Iraqi President Barham Ahmed Salih following a tragedy that shook the country on Thursday—the sinking of a ferry that left almost 100 people dead, including children.
In his message, the King expressed sympathy and compassion towards the grieving families of the victims and his deep “condolences to the Iraqi brothers,” praying that God grants mercy to the deceased and wishing patience for their relatives.
Joy turned into tragedy on Thursday, March 21, when a ferry carrying families celebrating the Persian New Year, Nowruz, on the Tigris River near Mosul, Iraq, capsized. Many women and children drowned after struggling to swim against the river current.
The ferry was carrying 200 people before it sank and killed almost 100.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi opened an investigation into the incident and promised to hold accountable anyone responsible for it.
Shocked and pained, a local civil servant told Reuters news agency that he was standing near the river when “suddenly the ferry started to tilt left and right, and passengers began screaming before it capsized.”