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'We're all dead': Iraqis in shock after wedding fire

Around 20 coffins covered in satin or bouquets of flowers were carried through the crowd on the shoulders of men
— Qaraqosh (Iraq) (AFP)

A huge portrait of Jesus Christ dominates the crowd, which parts to make way for a stream of coffins after a fire tore through an Iraqi Christian wedding.

At the cemetery in the northern city of Qaraqosh, mourners gathered around the clergy from various churches, chanting prayers in Syriac and delivering sermons in Arabic.

Some of the faithful held up portraits of deceased loved ones.

The day before, those in the pictures had gathered in an elegant banqueting hall to attend a wedding.

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