Fire destroys two tents at Bajd Kandal IDP camp in Duhok’s Zakho district

Fire destroys four tents at the Bajd Kandal Camp in Zakho, Duhok, Kurdistan Region, Iraq on January 17, 2020. (Photo Credit: NRT Digital Media)

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SULAIMANI — Two tents housing displaced families at the Bajd Kandal Camp in Duhok’s Zakho district caught fire on Sunday (January 17).

Faisal Ali, who lived in one of the tents, told NRT that the fire began around 11:00 a.m. and was caused by an electrical fault.

No one was hurt, Ali said.

Civil defense teams rushed to the scene and extinguished the blaze, according to NRT reporter Nazir Shangali.

Last January, five tents at the same camp also burned due to electrical fault.

Situated on the outskirts of Duhok governorate, Bajd Kandal Camp hosts about 12,000 Ezidis who fled Sinjar and its surroundings when Islamic State (ISIS) militants attacked the area in 2014.

It is the latest fire to hit displacement camps in Duhok and Erbil governorates, with other incidents at Chamishko, Qadiya, Bersiv Khabartu and Harsham camps during 2020.

On January 10, The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Joint Crisis Center (JCC) reported that there were 956,759 displaced people in the Region at the end of December 2020. Of those, 698,902 were IDPs from other parts of Iraq and 257,857 were refugees from other countries.

(NRT Digital Media)