Iraq was rocked with hundreds of fires since 2016. Frequently, numerous of facilities and institutions were engulfed in fire. The incidents are repeated and the human losses increased,
amid lack of water and electricity services as well as safety requirements.
In the capital, Baghdad, every day witness a fire that is blazing a government department, market or house. These fires are constantly targeting ministerial buildings and commercial compounds, leading many people to accuse some parties of causing damage to get rid of documents in some institutions that can accuse certain officials of corruption charges.
Baghdad has witnessed more than 12,000 fires since 2016 until August this year. The fires targeted government institutions, commercial markets and houses of citizens," sources at the Civil Defense Directorate said in a press release.
The directorate revealed that 40% of these fires are intentional, and their losses are estimated at $2 billion, adding that 50% of them had targeted commercial and popular markets, while the rest had targeted houses and state institutions.
The pace of these fires has declined recently, the directorate said, adding that it is working on carrying out examinations on the buildings of the governmental and non-governmental departments to ensure they are safe.