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Funeral ceremonies conducted as over 100 lives lost in tragic wedding fire in Iraq.

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Funeral ceremonies conducted as over 100 lives lost in tragic wedding fire in Iraq.

A devastating fire at a wedding celebration in Iraq's northern Nineveh province has resulted in the loss of at least 113 lives and left over 150 individuals injured, as reported by local officials and emergency services. Nineveh Deputy Governor Hassan al-Allaq has verified the current death toll, though it is possible that it could increase. The tragic incident occurred around 10:45 pm local time (19:45 GMT) on Tuesday night.

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The fire swept through a wedding venue in the Hamdaniya district of Nineveh, where the celebration was underway. Hamdaniya, also known as Qaraqosh, is a predominantly Christian town situated outside the northern city of Mosul, approximately 400km (about 250 miles) northwest of the capital, Baghdad.

Iraq's health ministry spokesperson, Saif al-Badr, stated, "All possible efforts are being made to provide assistance to those affected by this tragic incident."

On Wednesday, funerals were already underway for the victims of the fire, with grieving relatives gathering outside a morgue in Mosul.

One mourning mother, Mariam Khedr, tearfully exclaimed, "This was not a wedding. This was hell," as she anxiously awaited the return of her daughter Rana Yakoub, 27, and three young grandchildren, the youngest of whom was just eight months old.

Initial reports from Iraq's civil defense authorities indicated that fireworks might have ignited the blaze. In a statement issued early Wednesday, they said, "Preliminary information suggests that fireworks were used during a wedding, which may have triggered the fire in the hall."

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