Fire at Duhok displacement camp injures six, burns over 300 tents

Smoke rises from a displacement camp where a large fire breaks out in Duhok province, June 4, 2021.

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — A large fire at a displacement camp in Duhok province injured six people and burned more than 300 tents, authorities said on Friday.

Head of Duhok civil defense directorate’s press office Bewar Abdulaziz said the fire broke out at Shariya displacement camp at 2:30 p.m. on Friday.

Six people including two members of the civil defense teams were wounded in the fire, Abdulaziz told Esta Media Network.

“It’s still unclear what caused the fire,” he said, noting that a committee has been formed to investigate the incident.

The camp is home to some 12,000 members of the Yazidi minority who are still displaced some three and a half years after Iraq declared victory over Islamic State (ISIS).

“The fire was caused by a short circuit,” Karouan Atroushi, a spokesman for provincial authorities, told AFP.


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