Ferry capsizes in Iraq’s Tigris river killing 71

(CNN)At least 71 people died, including 12 children, when an overcrowded ferry capsized in Iraq’s Tigris river in Mosul during Nowruz and Mother’s Day celebrations.

Nearly 150 people were on board, including over 80 women and children, according to health ministry spokesman Saif al-Badr.
The ferry was transporting people from a bank of the river to a small tourist island called Um al Rabeein. It capsized halfway because of high water levels in the river, according to Nineveh mayor, Abd al-Sattar Habu.

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