Victims were mostly women and children celebrating Kurdish new year, say officials

At least 71 people have drowned after a ferry sank in the Tigris River near Mosul, Iraq.

Col Hussam Khalil, the head of the Civil Defense Corps in the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh, said the incident occurred on Thursday while scores of people – mostly women and children – were celebrating Nowruz, which marks the Kurdish new year and the arrival of spring.

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