Region Suffocated by Toxic Cloud from Sulfur Plant Fire by ISIS
A sulfur mine and stockpile set ablaze by ISIS terrorists has produced a huge toxic residue cloud, along with some apocalyptic scenery. The fire, set near Mosul, was aimed at slowing down Iraqi troops attempting to retake the city.
The Al-Mishraq sulfur plant and mine were set on fire last Thursday, Iraqi commander Qusay Hamid Kadhem told AFP. At least two civilians in nearby villages have reportedly been killed from sulfur dioxide exposure, and 1,000 others have been treated for breathing problems.
The large sulfur dioxide cloud has been spotted by The Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) on NASA's Aura spacecraft and the Ozone Mapping Profiler Suite (OMPS) on Suomi NPP. It has been seen spreading cross northern and central Iraq.
The sulfur dioxide emission is comparable to what typically takes place during a large volcanic eruption, RT reported.
Source: Al Alam