Death toll reaches 120 with hundreds more injured
The General Coordinator of the Iraqi Red Crescent, Ghassan Muhammad Al-Wathini, told The New Arab’s sister site, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, that the number of victims and injured has reached around 450 people so far, stressing that medical teams were on high alert.
An Iraqi security source told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that the number of casualties admitted to Al-Hamdaniya Hospital exceeded 120, including children, noting that entire families perished in the fire.
He stressed that the total number of dead and injured may reach 500 people, pointing out that some of the victims were guests at the wedding and came from the United States, Australia, and Britain.
Regarding the victims’ identities, the source said that there is difficulty in identifying some of the victims due to the severity of the fire, adding that there were difficulties in rescuing some of the injured due to suffocation, severe burns, and a lack of resources at hospitals in Nineveh in general.