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Number of Water Poisoning Cases in Iraqi Basra Rises to 111,000 - Reports

© AP Photo / Essam Al-SudaniIraqi people walk past the Rumaila oilfield in Basra, Iraq, January 26, 2016
Iraqi people walk past the Rumaila oilfield in Basra, Iraq, January 26, 2016 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of people poisoned by polluted drinking water in the Iraqi southern Basra province has reached 111,000, media reported citing a statement by UN Iraqi envoy Mehdi Tamimi.

Media reported in August that 17,000 people were admitted to hospitals over illnesses contracted from polluted water.

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Tamimi called on the central government and local authorities to adopt a clear position on the issue, according to the Alsumaria broadcaster.

Mass protests erupted in Basra in July, and finding a solution to the water crisis was one of the demands of protesters, who also called on the government to address unemployment and the electricity shortage.

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