Iraq’s Mo­sul, dev­as­tated city in need of re­con­struc­tion

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Mo­sul, one of the largest cities in Iraq, is suf­fer­ing the af­ter­math of nine months of mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions to end the con­trol of the so-called Is­lamic State (IS). As the mil­i­tary ac­tion came to an end, it was ob­vi­ous that the city has en­dured great dam­age, mainly in its west­ern part, which rep­re­sents the city’s an­cient his­tory.

Hav­ing been un­der IS’ siege for three years, Mo­sul has be­come a de­serted city with its key lo­ca­tion ‘the old city’ be­ing in ruins, Iraqi MP Talib AlMea­mari, who rep­re­sents Mo­sul at the Coun­cil of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Iraq, said yes­ter­day. There are over 300 schools in need of re­con­struc­tion, while the over­all dam­age in the city is about 80 per­cent, he noted. Iraqi MPs are sign­ing a pe­ti­tion to an­nounce Mo­sul as a “dis­as­ter area,” he added.

Mean­while, spokesman of Iraq’s Min­istry of Plan­ning Ab­duz­zahra AlHin­dawi said the gov­ern­ment has set a 10-year plan to re­con­struct Mo­sul, with an es­ti­mated cost of $100 bil­lion. His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah AlAh­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah an­nounced last Tuesday that Kuwait is will­ing to host an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence to re­con­struct lib­er­ated Iraqi cities be­fore the end of 2017.

The city took dam­age in all its vi­tal gov­ern­men­tal bod­ies and build­ings. Those in­clude banks, mar­kets, schools, uni­ver­si­ties, mil­i­tary head­quar­ters and houses. Mo­sul’s elec­tric­ity and wa­ter net­works, as well as main roads were also dam­aged by about 90 per­cent.

Prior to the mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion to lib­er­ate Mo­sul, the city was home to over two mil­lion peo­ple. since the launch of the ‘Bat­tle of Mo­sul,’ about 920,000 had fled, ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics pub­lished by Iraq’s Min­istry of Dis­place­ment and Mi­gra­tion. —KUNA

MO­SUL: The Kuwaiti me­dia del­e­ga­tion in­clud­ing (from left) Ed­i­tor-in-Chief of Kuwait Times Abd Al-Rah­man Al-Alyan, Ed­i­tor-in-Chief of Al-An­baa Yousef Al-Mar­zouq, Kuwait Jour­nal­ists As­so­ci­a­tion Trus­tee Ad­nan Al-Rashed, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral for Edi­to­rial Af­fairs and Ed­i­tor-in-Chief Saad Al-Ali and KUNA re­porter in Kur­dis­tan Mukhlis Khish­naw visit Mo­sul after its lib­er­a­tion. — KUNA

Al-Nuri mosque in Mo­sul.

A de­stroyed bridge in Mo­sul.

Mo­sul’s hospi­tal.

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