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Saudi King And Crown Prince Express Condolences To Iraq Over Wedding Fire Tragedy

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have sent telegrams of condolences and sympathy to Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid, regarding he victims of a fire that broke out in a wedding hall in Nineveh governorate, in northern Iraq, the state-run SPA news agency reported on Wednesday.

The King said: “We learned of the news of a fire breaking out in one of the wedding halls in Nineveh Governorate, and the resulting deaths and injuries. We send to Your Excellency, he families of the deceased, and the brotherly people of the Republic of Iraq our deepest condolences and sincere sympathy”, he added, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.

The crown prince also sent the Iraqi president a similar cable of condolences, expressing his sorrow and solidarity with Iraq over the tragic incident.

At least 100 people were killed when a fire ripped through a crowded wedding hall on Tuesday night, with more than 150 people also injured by the flames. The fire was reportedly caused by fireworks that ignited flammable materials in the hall, which did not have adequate safety measures.

The Iraqi government has declared three days of national mourning and ordered an investigation into the cause of the fire. Iraqi Prime Minister has instructed his cabinet to assist those affected by the fire and to hold accountable those responsible for the negligence.

The fire has drawn widespread condemnation and sympathy from regional and international actors, who have expressed their solidarity with Iraq and offered their assistance. Among them were Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Jordan, France, and the United States.



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