The Saudi Foreign Ministry expressed on Wednesday its sincerest condolences to the Iraqi government and people, as well as the relatives of the victims, over the Nineveh fire that killed over 100 people.
The ministry underscored the Kingdom’s solidarity with Iraq and its people, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.
A fire ripped through a packed wedding hall in northern Iraq late on Tuesday, killing more than 100 people.
Fire fighters searched the charred remains of the building in Qaraqosh, also known as Al-Hamdaniya, through Wednesday morning and bereaved relatives gathered outside a morgue in the nearby city of Mosul.
The US Ambassador to Iraq Alina Romanowski offered her condolences.
“We stand by the Iraqis in their grief for the victims and the injured at Al-Hamdaniya wedding,” Romanowski said in a post on the X platform.
The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said it was “shocked and pained by the horrible loss of life and injuries in the fire in Ninenveh’s Al-Hamdaniya. An immense tragedy.”
“Our sincere condolences to the families who lost loved ones. We wish the injured a speedy recovery,” it added on the X platform.
The European Union mission in Iraq offered its condolences, saying its hearts were with the families of the victims.
It expressed its solidarity with Iraq and wished the injured a speedy recovery.
The spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, Ahmed Abou Zeid, said Cairo stands by Iraq, its government and people in wake of the tragedy.
Lebanese parliament Speaker Nabih Berri sent a cable to Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani and his counterpart Mohammed al-Halbousi to offer his condolences.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and spokesman of the Iranian Foreign Ministry Nasser Kanaani all offered their condolences.
Kanaani added that Iran was ready to treat the wounded.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Iraq stressed the need for the concerned authorities to dedicate all efforts and means to help the victims and their relatives.
It urged the need to open a probe into the accident and bring those responsible to justice.
It also called for ensuring that all public and private buildings meet safety standards to avoid such tragedies from taking place again in the future.