114 wedding guests killed as fire razes hall.
In a devastating incident, a wedding hall in the Hamdaniya area of Nineveh Province, Iraq, was engulfed in flames, resulting in the loss of at least 114 lives and leaving around 100 people injured. This tragedy unfolded in a Christian-dominated region close to Mosul.
The fire broke out on Wednesday, and harrowing television footage captured the wedding hall consumed by flames. Civil defense officials indicated that the hall had been adorned with illegal flammable cladding, intensifying the blaze.
The aftermath revealed a scene of destruction, with charred metal and debris as the only remnants. The somber hall was illuminated solely by television cameras and the phones of witnesses.
Iraq’s health ministry spokesman, Saif al-Badr, expressed deep sorrow over the incident and assured that every effort was being made to provide relief to those affected. The health department in Nineveh Province confirmed the tragic death toll of 114.
Injured survivors with varying degrees of injuries were transported to regional hospitals. Some were rushed to local medical facilities, where they received vital treatment, including oxygen and bandages. Concerned family members filled these hospitals, anxiously awaiting news of their loved ones.
Authorities in Iraq have issued a warning that the death toll could potentially increase, as the final count of casualties has not yet been determined.
While no official cause of the fire has been confirmed at this time, initial reports from the Kurdish television news channel Rudaw suggested that fireworks used at the venue might have triggered the blaze.
In response to this devastating incident, Iraq’s Prime Minister, Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, has ordered a thorough investigation and instructed officials from the interior and health ministries to provide much-needed relief to those affected by this heartbreaking tragedy.
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