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ISIL steals medical equipment worth over $16 million in Diyala

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This file photo shows Takfiri ISIL militants in an undisclosed location in Iraq.

Members of the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group have reportedly stolen medical equipment worth millions of dollars in Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala, as they continue to plunder public assets in areas under their control.

Diyala health department spokesman, Faris al-Azzawi, told Arabic-language al-Sumaria satellite television network on Saturday that ISIL extremists have stolen medical equipment, including imaging machines and scanners, from various hospitals and clinics since June 2014, moving the pieces out of the province. 

Azzawi put the cost of the stolen medical equipment at 20 billion Iraqi dinars (some 16.6 million US dollars).

He added that teams of investigators from the provincial health department have visited medical facilities in the liberated areas and found the sites empty of any medical machines or supplies.

Meanwhile, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) spokesman in Mosul, Ghias Surchi, said ISIL terrorists have executed at least 53 doctors in the embattled northern Iraqi city, situated some 400 kilometers (248 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad.

The reports come as ISIL members have recently killed 300 civil servants in Mosul. Mahmoud Surchi, a spokesman for Popular Mobilization units, said the Takfiris executed the victims by firing squad at the al-Ghazlani camp on August 7.

Gruesome violence has plagued the northern and western parts of Iraq ever since ISIL launched an offensive in June 2014, and took control of swathes of Iraqi territory.

The Takfiri group has been committing heinous crimes against all ethnic and religious groups in Iraq, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Izadi Kurds and others.

Units of army soldiers and volunteer fighters are seeking to win back militant-held regions in joint operations.


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