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8 tents housing Afrin refugees destroyed in fire southeast of Erbil

  2021-06-22  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Fire destroys eight makeshift tents housing Afrin refugees in Daratu sub-district, Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, June 22, 2021. Photo by Ayub Salih, Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Eight makeshift tents were burned in a fire caught at the industrial area in Daratu sub-district southeast of Erbil earlier on Tuesday (June 22) amid a dry and hot summer. 

The tents housing Afrin refugees who have fled from the Syrian conflict, notably after Turkey and allied Syrian insurgents invaded the enclave in January 2018 after expelling the Kurdish forces.

One of the refugees told Zhyan News Network the fire erupted around 11:30 am, who could only rescue his family members.

“I lost all my belongings, such as our Syrian Identity cards and household appliance,” another refugee said, he attributed the fire to short circuit.  

Fire is common in camps housing the internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees across the Kurdistan Region.

On June 4, more than 400 tents were burned after a massive fire ripped through Sharia displacement camp in west of Duhok. 

The Region hosts over 900,00 IDPs and refugees including over 240,000 Syrians, according to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Joint Crisis Coordination Center (JCC).

(Zhyan English)