Iraqis reacted with shock and horror on Tuesday after authorities released CCTV footage showing a mother throwing her two small children into the Tigris River.
The incident, which reportedly occurred on Saturday, showed the woman walking along the al-Aimmah Bridge, holding one child by the hand and another in her arms, before throwing them over a railing into the water.
Authorities recovered the bodies of the children, aged 3 and 1, and also arrested the woman.
The Al-Arabiya website quoted relatives as saying the woman was in the process of getting a divorce from her husband.
امرأة من منطقة الشعب
ترمي اطفالها من على جسر الايمه ولم تتمكن الشرطه النهرية من انقاذهم واستطاعت القوات الامنية اعتقالها بتهمة القتل وحسب إفادتها انها قد انفصلت عن زوجها وكسب والدهم حق الحضانة ولا يحق رؤيتهم الا بموعد اخذت الاطفال من والدهم
و رمتهم بالنهر ليشعر بما اشعر به pic.twitter.com/4ihUBOhhg1
— جعفر الخزعلي (@_767Jafar) October 18, 2020
The incident caused widespread outrage in Iraq, which has been brutalized by years of violence and war.