7 siblings perish in UAE house fire

Relatives and friends gather at the Rol Dhadna cemetery in Fujairah on Monday for the funeral of seven siblings who suffocated in a house fire. (Courtesy: Hanaalblooshi via Twitter)
Updated 23 January 2018
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7 siblings perish in UAE house fire

DUBAI: Seven brothers and sisters aged between five and 13 died of smoke inhalation in a house fire in the UAE on Monday, police said.
Police in the eastern emirate of Fujairah said the children’s mother awoke at dawn to the smell of a fire in her house.
“When rescue teams arrived at the house, the seven children were found dead: Three sons and four daughters between the ages of five and 13,” police said in a statement.
The local police chief said investigations were underway and called on residents to install smoke detectors as a safety precaution.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, the crown prince of the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, took to Twitter to express the nation’s “shared grief and pain” over the loss of the seven children — addressing “heartfelt condolences” to the family.
The UAE’s Civil Defense force in July said it had dealt with 928 fire-related incidents in the first half of 2017. Those fires had resulted in 12 deaths and more than 100 injuries.


Fresh protests in Iraq as medics raise death toll to 11

Updated 22 July 2018
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Fresh protests in Iraq as medics raise death toll to 11

  • Security forces remained deployed around the capital Baghdad
  • Overall medical sources put the death toll in the unrest at 11 people

BAGHDAD: Fresh protests hit southern Iraq Sunday as medical sources put at 11 the number of demonstrators killed in two weeks of unrest sparked by ire over corruption and lack of public services.
Security forces remained deployed around the capital Baghdad after struggling Friday to disperse crowds of angry protesters who took to the streets.
Demonstrations have roiled swathes of southern and central Iraq since erupting in the oil-rich port city of Basra on July 8, when security forces opened fire killing one person.
Overall medical sources put the death toll in the unrest at 11 people, three in each of the cities Basra, Samawah and Najaf, and one in both the cities of Diwaniyah and Karbala.
Most of them were killed by gunfire from unidentified assailants, while one person suffocated to death on tear gas used to disperse the demonstrators.
Protesters on Sunday took to the streets in the cities of Samawah and Nasiriyah, chanting “no to corruption,” a scourge Iraqis say has long blighted their country.
Since the start of the demonstrations those involved have focused their anger on the political establishment, with government buildings and party offices being sacked or set ablaze.
The Iraqi authorities have scrambled to halt the unrest and have blocked social media sites online to try to prevent the spread of protests.
Iraq is in a state of political limbo with Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi overseeing a caretaker government as wrangling to form a new government drags on after elections in May.
A coalition headed by populist cleric Moqtada Sadr topped the polls, campaigning on an anti-graft ticket to claim the most seats in parliament.