Fire burns down three tents at displacement camp in Duhok


SULAIMANI (ESTA) — At least three tents were burned down after a fire broke out at a displacement camp in the Kurdistan Region’s Duhok province on Sunday night. 

Esta Media Network reporter in Duhok said a fire broke out in the Chamshko camp for displaced people from Sinjar.

Three tents were burned in the fire, he added, but there were no casualties.

A representative for the UN Refugee Agency in Iraq said in a tweet that three tents were destroyed and two others seriously damaged.

The UNHCR in Iraq “is supporting the families”, said Jean-Nicolas Beuze.

“Reminder that tents to host Iraqi displaced are NOT a solution: inadequate to live in & a constant fire hazard,” he tweeted.

The camp located in the city of Zakho was built in 2014 for Yazidis displaced after Islamic State (ISIS) militants took over Sinjar. It hosts about 5,000 displaced Yazidi families.

This is the third incident that took place in a month. In January, a six-year-old girl was killed in a fire that broke out at Esyan displacement camp in Sheikhan district.

*This story was updated at 10:53 a.m. EBL time

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