Black Cloud is the Size of Los AngelesISIS is setting fire to oil wells in a disruptive tactic as it retreats from a U.S.-backed offensive in Iraq
At a Glance
- As U.S.-led forces retake Mosul, ISIS extremists set fire to more than a dozen oil wells.
- The fires have created a toxic black cloud the size of Los Angeles that has forced more than 1,000 to seek treatment.
- ISIS also set fire to a sulphur plant, which has compounded the situation.
ISIS has left thousands of Iraqis people living outside Mosul in a "smoke-filled hell" after setting fire to oil wells, creating a black cloud bigger than Los Angeles.
According to a report released Friday by Oxfam, an international aid organization that provides humanitarian aid to thousands of Iraqis displaced by the fight to retake Mosul, members of the extreme radical group have torched more than a dozen oil wells as they retreat towards the city ahead of a massive U.S.-backed offensive, leaving behind a toxic cloud that has forced at least 1,000 people to seek treatment for breathing-related illnesses, according to a United Nations Report.
According to Oxfam's country director, Andres Gonzalez, thousands of families living outside of Mosul are living in a "smoke-filled hell." He added that the fires have produced thick black smoke that "blocks out the sun and turn children's faces gray with oily soot."