U.S.-led strikes hit ISIS-held explosives plant near Kirkuk, civilian casualties reported


ARA News

Erbil, Kurdistan Region – The U.S.-led international coalition’s warplanes hit the town of Hawija, west of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, causing the destruction of a major plant for explosives belonging to the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), locals reported on Saturday.

Local sources told ARA News that the plant, which was destroyed by air strikes, was one of the largest IS plants in the region.

“The attack led to a huge explosion in the plant, which was composed of several clustering houses close to each other,” an Iraqi media activist said on the condition of anonymity.

“Hawija attack led to destruction in Awan district, the municipality building, the industrial district and the neighborhoods of Rey and Baitara,” the source told ARA News. 

The destruction caused by the airstrikes also reached the Tanak and “8 Shibat” districts. An estimated one square kilometer of distraction was the result of Saturday’s strikes and the associated explosions in the IS-held plant. 

In the meantime, sources in the city of Mosul in Nineveh province, northwestern Iraq, reported that the Islamic State formed a special committee to “compensate” the victims of the coalition’s attacks in the Rifai district, as well as to guarantee the return of power supply to all neighborhoods of the city.

Noteworthy, the Rifai district of Mosul was exposed to explosions after the coalition’s strikes hit an IS-held plant there, which caused the death of dozens of civilians. 


Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef

Source: ARA News

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