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13 Pakistanis die in house fire in Jordan, says foreign ministry

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Monday that 13 Pakistani nationals, including seven children, four women and two men, were killed in a fire in their tent in a rural area in Jordan. Three people were injured but are in a stable condition, the ministry said in its statement. The victims were of the Joya family and had migrated to Jordan during the 1970s. They belonged to Sindh s Dadu district. The ministry said that the Pakistani embassy was in contact with the victims relatives who live in Jordan, while the ambassador and embassy s senior officials were prepared to provide any assistance required by the family. The Jordanian authorities are also extending full cooperation, the statement said. Jordan is home to thousands of Pakistanis, many of them agricultural labourers. According to Jordan s rescue services, the incident occurred on a farm in South Shona, around 50 kilometres west of Amman, the capital of Jordan. The rescue services further said that the fire had broken out in a corrugated metal house. The makeshift building was home to two Pakistani families working as agricultural labourers, they said in a statement. Fire service spokesman Iyad al-Omari told state television channel Al-Mamlaka that eight children, four women and a man had died in the blaze at around 2am, which was likely caused by an electrical fault. House fires in Jordan are often caused by the use of cheap but dangerous forms of heating while the occupants are asleep.

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