Deadly Fire Erupts at Northern Iraq Wedding Reception, Leaving Over 100 Dead and 150 Injured
A devastating fire, believed to have been ignited by fireworks celebrating a Christian wedding, engulfed a hall packed with guests in northern Iraq, resulting in the tragic deaths of at least 100 individuals, with 150 others sustaining injuries. Authorities have expressed concern that the death toll could rise further.
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Officials have pointed to flammable building materials as a contributing factor to this catastrophe, which has deeply affected Iraq’s dwindling Christian minority. The incident occurred in the Hamdaniya area of Nineveh province, a predominantly Christian region situated just outside Mosul, approximately 335 kilometers (205 miles) northwest of Baghdad.
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While an official cause for the fire has yet to be confirmed, footage broadcasted by the Kurdish television news channel Rudaw depicted fireworks erupting from the floor of the venue, ultimately igniting a chandelier. In the aftermath of the blaze, the scene was marked by charred debris, with individuals navigating through the darkness, their path illuminated solely by television cameras and the glow of onlookers’ mobile phones.