Massive fire engulfs Erbil’s second-hand clothing market for second time in two months

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region of Iraq — Erbil’s second-hand clothing market was engulfed in flames once again, marking the second major fire incident in just two months. The blaze, which erupted after a similar incident that impacted over 200 shops previously, posed a significant challenge to firefighting efforts.

Fire brigades, civil defense teams, security forces, and police mobilized to contain the fire and mitigate its impact on the market and surrounding areas.

A Turkish group has claimed responsibility for the devastating fire in Erbil. Through a statement released via the “National Covenant Organization”, the group asserted that its members deliberately set fire to 16 locations within the second-hand clothing market.

In their statement, the group demanded the use of the Turkish Lira in transactions within Erbil and called for the hoisting of the Turkish flag over the Erbil Castle.

This incident comes on the heels of a similar occurrence at the end of last February, where the same group claimed responsibility for a fire that ravaged the Erbil market, destroying over a thousand shops. They also purportedly carried out similar actions in the city of Kerkeslokh (Kirkuk).