The Hammam al-Alil Cement Plant has been reopened after over a year since its liberation from ISIS by the Iraqi Security Forces. The plant is located on the banks of the River Tigris and is approximately 30km south of Mosul, the former ISIS stronghold in Iraq.
The plant was completely destroyed by ISIS militants after their expulsion from the area in November 2016, with rubble and war remnants the group’s only legacy in the town.
“When we entered the factory, all we could find was rubble and war remnants left behind by the terrorists,” said Emad Mohammed, the manager of the plant. “The destruction and damage had affected all annexes of the plant, so during the rebuilding process, we had to start from scratch.”
The reconstruction and rehabilitation of the plant took several months to complete, and was completed by local people, employees and volunteers.
Having fallen to ISIS along with Mosul in 2014, Hammam al-Alil provided a gateway to the city and the wider Nineveh Province. The town was also the site of a massacre by ISIS in November 2016 when militants killed over 300 civilians, shortly before Iraqi army entered Hammam al-Alil, under suspicion of working against the group.
With the plant up to full operational capacity, the hope is that this can rejuvenate an area of Iraq that has suffered immensely under ISIS rule. Furthermore, the reopening of the large Hammam al-Alil plant will contribute towards the reconstruction of heavily damaged areas across Nineveh Province, such as Mosul.
The reopening of the plant comes amidst other plants reopening in northern Iraq, including the Hadbaa Cement Factory, which was not operational during the entire reign of ISIS over the area.