ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – An Iraqi youth died on Tuesday while swimming in the Kurdistan Region’s Dukan Lake.
A source in the area told Kurdistan 24 the young man drowned in the lake where he was visiting for the Eid al-Adha holiday.
Dukan Lake is located south of the Kurdistan Region capital of Erbil.
Sirwan Sarhad, the district-chief in the area, said the deceased was a 22-year-old Arab from Diyala province.
“The place where the young Iraqi drowned is very dangerous, and there have been previous drownings in the same area,” Sarhad added, pointing out that many warnings were issued to prevent tourists from swimming there.
Authorities had taken several safety measures, including putting up warning signs to alert visitors not to swim in specific areas of the lake.
Most tourists who visit the Kurdistan Region come from central and southern provinces of Iraq, while others travel from Iran and other countries.
The autonomous Kurdish region has rich historical sites, plenty of tourist destinations, and provides security as well as warm hospitality. Additionally, its geographical location and environment ensure the region stands out from the rest of the Middle East.
(Additional reporting by Aras Amin)