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Thirteen Pakistanis, including eight children, died when a fire swept through their makeshift dwellings on a farming estate in the Jordan Valley, Jordan’s civil defence said on Monday.
There were three other injuries in the fire that broke out after midnight that initial signs showed could have been an electrical fire, civil defence spokesman Iyad al Amre said in a statement.
Thousands of foreign labourers live in wretched conditions in private farms in the Jordan Valley, a fertile vegetable and fruit growing area.
Another civil defence source said two families lived in corrugated iron sheds that housed immigrant labourers and that a police investigation had been opened into the incident.
Three other people were taken to hospital suffering from shock and burns.
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.
Six people died when fire swept through a psychiatric hospital for war veterans in the Ukrainian city of Odessa, authorities said on Tuesday.
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Amjad Yaghi was just nine years old when his mother left the Gaza Strip for treatment but they could not see each other for 20 years.
The programme is designed to prepare and train Emiratis to travel to space for various scientific missions.
The Royal Thai Consulate General in Dubai hosted on Thursday a reception in celebration of Thailand’s National Day and Father’s Day, co-observed with the 92nd Birth Anniversary of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great.
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