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Toxic cloud from Mosul sulfur plant fire suffocates parts of Iraq, Syria and Turkey (EN, FR)

Toxic fumes released by tons of waste at a chemical plant and sulphur mine near the Iraqi city of Mosul that were set on fire by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) have reportedly killed at least two people and injured hundreds more.

The plant is located about six miles north of the Qayyarah airbase where several hundred U.S. troops are stationed alongside the Iraqi military. U.S. troops were forced to wear protective masks after the facility was set on fire.

FR:Il y a quelques jours, en abandonnant leurs positions, les djihadistes de Daesh ont mis le feu à l'usine de soufre de Mashrag, dégageant un immense nuage blanc toxique qui s'étend sur plusieurs kilomètres à la ronde en Irak, en Turquie et en  Syrie.

 Les épaisses fumées noires exposent des dizaines de milliers de personnes à de sérieuses conséquences sur la santé, et inquiètent de plus en plus les médecins sur place.

Sicne 10 days now a coalition of Iraqi government and Kurdish Peshmerga ground troops backed by US and allied aircraft launched an offensive against ISIS forces in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

Turkish Daily Sabah reports that clouds of toxic sulfur dioxide which occurred after Daesh terrorists torched a sulfur plant south of Iraqi city of Mosul will soon arrive in Turkey and is expected to fall to the ground in the form of acid rain.

Gökhan Abur, the meteorology editor of Turkish broadcaster NTV, explained Wednesday that starting from Thursday evening, the winds will blow from the southeast and bring the toxic smoke along with rainclouds. “The rain will increase humidity in the area. Humidity is water vapor. When H2O merges with SO2 and water vapor, it will form H2SO4, the acid known as sulfuric acid. As the smoke gets closer to us, it will be completely inside our border on Friday and Saturday, when the downpours will be effective,” Abur said.

Along with sulfur deposits, Daesh terrorists set alight oil wells to create a smoke screen to avoid U.S.-led anti-Daesh coalition airstrikes. These fires have greatly deteriorated the air quality in large parts of northern Iraq

Daesh terrorists set massive sulfur deposits on fire when retreating from the Al-Mishraq sulfur plant located some 40 kilometers south of Mosul. The toxic smoke has already caused hundreds to seek medical help in one of Iraq’s most populated regions due to breathing difficulties and nosebleeds up to 30 kilometers (18 miles) away.

New satellite images released by NASA shows toxic cloud of gas spreading in the lower region of Iraq.

United Press International said  that the plume of sulfur dioxide has grown in size and as seen from NASA’s image, has turned into grayish white as it continually hickens. The report added that the photo also features a second cloud extending from the nearby Qayyarah oil field. Unlike the gray plume from the powerplant, the second plume is black because of the abundance of black carbon and other light-absorbing aerosols.

As per Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), inhaling small volumes of the noxious smoke of sulfur dioxide can cause irritation to the nose, eyes, throat, and lungs. Large amounts can lead to lung irritation and difficulty in breathing.

Credit Photo: Earth Observatory NASA

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