20 Iraqi sailors found dead after ship sinks: Ministry

A handout picture released on Aug 24, 2017, showing the raised hull of Al-Misbar, an Iraqi ship which sank on Saturday off the country's southern coast after it collided with a foreign-flagged vessel.
A handout picture released on Aug 24, 2017, showing the raised hull of Al-Misbar, an Iraqi ship which sank on Saturday off the country's southern coast after it collided with a foreign-flagged vessel.PHOTO: AFP/IRAQI TRANSPORT MINISTRY

BASRA (AFP) - The bodies of 20 Iraqi sailors have been recovered after their ship sank following a collision off the country's southern coast, the Transport Ministry said on Thursday (Aug 24).

The Al-Misbar sank in Iraqi waters on Saturday following the collision with a foreign-flagged vessel, after which eight sailors were rescued and the bodies of four others found.  

The ministry said in a statement that 16 more bodies were found when the ship was raised on Thursday.  The Iraqi authorities have ordered the foreign vessel impounded following the collision, which took place in the Khor Abdullah maritime canal between Iraq and Kuwait.  

Maritime traffic, which had been interrupted since Saturday due to salvage efforts, had resumed, the authorities said.