Hundreds in Iraq poisoned by chlorine leak

A chlorine gas leak at a water purification plant in southern Iraq injured at least 300 people, officials say.

The incident happened Sunday night, when the potentially fatal gas leaked from a container in the plant, in the district of Qal’at Sukkar, north of the southern city of Nasiriyah.

Hundreds of people suffering severe respiratory distress from exposure to the chlorine were taken to a nearby hospital, says Abbas Jaber, Dhi Qar province’s deputy governor.

He says a committee was formed by the governor on Monday to investigate the circumstances surrounding the leak. “The negligent (officials) will be held accountable,” he says.

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