[size=36]People of Al-Hamdaniya: ISIS failed to kill us, but political corruption succeeded in doing so[/size]
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A number of families of victims of the Iraqi wedding fire considered that political corruption and lax implementation of regulations were behind the disaster that left more than 100 dead and about 150 injured, at a time when the government pledged to hold negligent persons accountable and transferred some of the injured for treatment in Turkey.
Al-Hamdaniya residents, who are rearranging their lives in their hometown, said that the "defeated extremists" failed to kill them, but corruption succeeded in doing so.
“ISIS did not kill us, but this disaster killed us,” Pastor Boutros Shittu commented, speaking in a local church hall as mourners buried the bodies of their loved ones.
Chito lost his parents, two sisters, and two nephews in the fire that engulfed a crowded wedding hall in Al-Hamdaniya, also known as Qaraqosh.
"In this country, we always wait for a disaster to happen and then deal with the results," Shito said. He added, "Our house is now empty because of greed and corruption."
Arrests and pledges
: Government officials announced the arrest of 14 people in connection with Tuesday's fire, including the owners of the event hall, and promised to conduct a rapid investigation and announce the results within 72 hours.
Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani visited the fire victims in two local hospitals yesterday, Thursday.
He said that he directed "to impose the maximum legal penalties against the negligent and negligent people who caused the painful fire incident."
Witnesses said that the fire started an hour after the wedding began, when fireworks caused the decorations hanging on the ceiling to ignite.
They stated that the hall did not have any visible fire extinguishers and had few emergency exits, and that firefighters arrived there after half an hour.
The fire is the latest in a series of tragic incidents that have claimed hundreds of lives across Iraq in the past few years, including a fire in a Baghdad hospital in 2021 and the sinking of a river ferry in Mosul in 2019. All the incidents are blamed on negligence, corruption and lax enforcement
Lack of safety measures
Government officials say that the fire occurred due to a lack of safety and security measures and the use of highly flammable materials in the building.
In a sermon that included wailing women dressed in black, a priest at Al-Tahira Church in Al-Hamdaniya told mourners that Iraq was interconnected in its grief, but criticized officials for “your corruption and nepotism.”
"There is nothing that matches the specifications" in this country, he added.
In this context, the Iraqi authorities announced the transfer of 4 people injured as a result of the fire in a wedding hall in Nineveh Governorate to Turkey for treatment.
A statement issued by the media office of the Iraqi Prime Minister said, "Based on the instructions of Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani, 4 people injured in the tragic fire in the Al-Hamdaniya area were transferred to Turkey for treatment along with their companions."
The statement indicated that the injured are accompanied by a medical team of 10 people, consisting of two doctors, nurses and first aid specialists. Ended 29/99