8 chil­dren among 13 Pak­ista­nis killed in Jor­dan farm fire

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AM­MAN: Thir­teen Pak­ista­nis in­clud­ing eight chil­dren died early yes­ter­day when a blaze tore through their cor­ru­gated metal home in a ru­ral area of western Jor­dan, au­thor­i­ties said. Res­cue ser­vices said “13 peo­ple died and three oth­ers were in­jured when fire broke out in a cor­ru­gated metal house” on a farm in South Shona, around 50 km west of Am­man. The makeshift build­ing was home to two Pak­istani fam­i­lies work­ing as agri­cul­tural la­bor­ers, they said in a state­ment.

HH the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad AlJaber Al-Sabah sent yes­ter­day a ca­ble to Pak­istani Pres­i­dent Arif Alvi, ex­press­ing con­do­lences over the Pak­istani na­tion­als who lost their lives in the fire.

HH the Amir also sent a ca­ble of con­do­lences to Jor­dan’s King Ab­dul­lah II. He ex­pressed sor­row over the vic­tims and wished speedy re­cov­ery for those in­jured. HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and HH the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah AlKhaled

Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah sent sim­i­lar ca­bles.

Fire ser­vice spokesman Iyad Al-Omari told state tele­vi­sion chan­nel Al-Mam­laka that eight chil­dren, four women and a man had died in the blaze at around 2:00 am, which was likely caused by an elec­tri­cal fault. Jor­dan is home to thou­sands of Pak­ista­nis, many of them agri­cul­tural la­bor­ers. House fires in Jor­dan are of­ten caused by the use of cheap but dan­ger­ous forms of heat­ing while the oc­cu­pants are asleep. Jor­dan has in re­cent years seen sev­eral deadly in­ci­dents among Syr­ian refugees liv­ing in camps dur­ing the win­ter, such as fires caused by elec­tri­cal faults or chok­ing from do­mes­tic gas stoves. — Agen­cies


SHUNA, Jor­dan: A charred sew­ing ma­chine and crib are seen among the re­mains of a home where sev­eral Pak­istani farm­ers were killed in a fire yes­ter­day.

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