The president of the Republic of Iraq, Abdul Latif Jamal Rashid, confirmed that there is a need for open impartial investigation into the wedding hall fire incident. The incident took place last week at Al-Hamdaniya.
On social media post-president expressed his condolences to the victims’ families.
He said what happened to people in Al-Hamdaniya was a painful tragedy, and this incident saddened my heart and the hearts of Iraqi.
He stressed impartial and open inquiry to find the reasons for the incident that cost the lives of many people who were attending the marriage party along with their families, especially with the kids.
Local administrations of the Al-Hamdanihya district in the Nineveh governorate of Iraq also ordered inquiry at a local level.
President expressed his deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the families of victims of the tragedy, and he also wished speedy recovery of the injured in the fire accident.
President also pointed out high amount of fireworks in Iraqi marriage functions are mainly behind the many such types of incidents in the past, too.
The fireworks were set off at the marriage venue, according to a report from the Iraqi Civil Defence.
The hall did not match the different safety criterias. Due to fireworks, the ceiling collapsed on people present in hall.
“Justice will be served to those who were negligent”, the president added.
Already, fourteen people have been arrested in connection with the incident. There were 1300 guests at the party when the blaze broke out.
There is a need to find out the circumstances and other reasons that led to the tragedy that caused heavy loss of life and property.
Some days ago, the president himself visited the families hit by the wedding fire.
The Iraqi government also declared a nationwide three-day mourning period to pay tribute to victims who lost their lives in the marriage hall fire incident.
On the other hand, security authorities reported that more than 200 people have been killed or injured in incidents. The majority of fire incident victims were transferred to hospitals in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.