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HAMMAM AL-ALIL, IRAQ (APRIL 4, 2017) (REUTERS) MEN AND BOYS GATHERED AROUND AND IN POOL IN SPA ARMED SOLDIER STANDING NEAR POOL MAN BATHING IN POOL SOLDIER SITTING NEAR POOL VARIOUS OF MEN IN POOL VARIOUS OF PEOPLE GATHERED IN SPA VARIOUS OF MEN IN SHOWERS IN GROUND (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DISPLACED MOSUL RESIDENT, AMIN, SAYING: "Now those fleeing from Mosul are all going to Hammam al-Alil. Now tourism has been destroyed, the city is destroyed. The soldiers and civilians come here. But what is special about this place is that people come to bathe, to clean up. We want cleansing more than we want healing. In our tent we do not have a bath. Where would you shower? So we come here to shower. It is cleansing and healing." VARIOUS OF MEN AND YOUNG BOYS IN SPA MAN COVERED IN MUD MAN IN POOL (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HASHD SHAABI OFFICER, BASIL, SAYING: "Of course, we come here to relax. We come here to clean ourselves and hang out with our brothers and then we return to our positions." MAN POURING WATER OVER SOLDIERS INTERIOR OF SPA (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) RAPID RESPONSE OFFICER, ISSAM ALY, SAYING: "It is relaxing, as soon as we come out of the pool we are numb. We remain numb for a bit until we are relaxed. This water has sulphur in it, it is different than the water we have. This water we clean with, we worry about diseases, so we come here to heal." MIRROR ON SPA WALL / MAN BATHING VARIOUS OF CHILDREN PLAYING IN SULPHUR POOL SOLDERS SITTING AT IRAQI FORCES BARRICADE
Dateline: 2017

Iraq Reopens Hot Springs Spa Amid Mosul War Chaos

Item ID: 110576152

By: Reuters

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