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Nearly 1,000 treated for breathing problems south of Mosul - hospital

by Reuters
Saturday, 22 October 2016 14:07 GMT

QAYYARA, Iraq, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Nearly 1,000 people have been treated for breathing problems linked to toxic gases from a sulphur plant which Islamic State militants are suspected to have set on fire near the city of Mosul, hospital sources said on Saturday.

No deaths were reported in connection with the incident, said the sources at the hospital in Qayyara, a town south of Mosul. The first cases began arriving on Friday morning, they said.

A sulphur plant caught fire earlier this week as the Iraqi army dislodged Islamic State fighters from the area of Mishraq, north of Qayyara. The U.S. military said the militants had deliberately set it on fire. (Reporting by Babak Dehghanpisheh in Qayyara; Writing by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Andrew Roche)

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