On Monday, the Environmental Awareness and Information Department at the Iraqi Ministry of Health advised Iraqi citizens to “continue wearing the muzzle, close windows, adopt air-conditioners, and tighten the covers on water tanks,” in order to avoid damage that may result from a “sulfur” cloud heading towards Iraq.
According to Iraqi weather forecasters, "a sulfur wave is heading to the region due to the eruption of Mount Etna volcano on the Italian island of Sicily, which has been going on for days."
Behind the volcano were clouds of smoke and ash and released torrents of lava, and caused the closure of an airport in the Italian city of Catania, while he did not show any signs of "calming down" so far.
The global environmental observatories published pictures of a huge cloud of sulfur dioxide, formed after the eruption of the volcano, and heading to the Middle East, especially Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and parts of Saudi Arabia.
The Adam Platform Observatory expected that the cloud, which formed in the form of a "spindle", would move to Egypt, before the winds apparently hit and diverted their direction.
Etna volcano, known in Arabic as "the mountain of fire", erupted for the first time this year in mid-February, and Reuters said that "the lava lit up the Sicilian sky" at the time.
Mount Etna, at a height of 3,330 meters, is the highest volcano in Europe and can be active a few times each year. And its last major eruption was in 1992.