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Grief, anger at Iraq mass for victims of wedding fire

Iraqi mourners attend a mass for the victims of a wedding hall fire at a church in Qaraqosh
— Qaraqosh (Iraq) (AFP)

Survivors of a fire that tore through an Iraqi wedding and those mourning the at least 100 lives lost filled the pews for a Christian mass Thursday, two days after the disaster.

Mourners wept or quietly embraced one another under the arches of the Syriac Catholic church of Al-Tahera, where portraits of the dead lined the stairs, showing men, women and children of all ages.

"I don't know what to say; there is pain in our hearts, a tragedy that will never be forgotten," said Najiba Yuhana, 55, who lost multiple relatives. "There is anger and sadness that is indescribable and without compare."

A firefighter inside the charred event hall where a raging fire during a wedding reception killed at least 100 people and injured more than 150

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