113 killed, 150 Injured In Fire During Wedding In Al-Hamdaniya Town, Iraq

More than 100 people were killed and 150 were injured in a fire at a wedding party in Al-Hamdaniya district in Iraq’s Nineveh province on Wednesday (Sep 27).

According to a report by the news agency Reuters, Nineveh Deputy Governor Hasan al-Allaq said that the death toll stood at 113.

Citing state media, Reuters reported the fire ripped through a large events hall in Al-Hamdaniya town after fireworks were lit during the celebration.

Preliminary information indicated that the building was made of highly flammable construction materials, contributing to its rapid collapse.

Eyewitnesses said the fire broke out at around 10.45 pm local time (19.45 GMT) and that hundreds of people were in attendance at the time of the incident.

As per official statements, ambulances and medical crews were dispatched to the site by federal Iraqi authorities and Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

According to a report by the news agency AFP, the main hospital Al-Hamdaniya saw several ambulances arriving with sirens blaring and dozens of people gathering in the courtyard to donate blood.

Some people were also seen gathering at the doors of a refrigerated truck carrying several black body bags.

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