Qayyarah Oil DisasterDownload
Licensed to London News Pictures. 02/11/2016. Qayyarah, Iraq. Smoke from burning oil wells, set alight by retreating Islamic State militants, clogs the sky over the Qayyarah Cemetery, in the Iraqi town of the same name. Both Shia and Sunni graves within the cemetery were smashed during the town's two year occupation by ISIS extremists who believe that graves should be flat to the earth with no headstone.
Two months after being liberated from the Islamic State, the Iraqi town of Qayyarah, located around 30km south of Mosul, is still dealing with the environmental repercussions of their ISIS occupation. The town's estimated 15,000 inhabitants constantly live under, and in, heavy clouds of smoke which often envelope the settlement. The clouds emanate from burning oil wells in a nearby oil field that were set alight by retreating ISIS extremists after a two year occupation. The proximity of the fires, often right next to homes within the town, covers many buildings and residents with thick soot and will lead to long term health and environmental implications. Photo credit: Matt Cetti-Roberts/LNP
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