Fire sweeps through refugee camp in Iraq

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A massive fire has swept through a camp sheltering Yezidi refugees in Iraq's northern autonomous region of Kurdistan, destroying hundreds of tents, the Iraqi state news agency INA reports.

The camp in the province of Duhok is home to thousands of displaced members of Iraq's Yezidi religious minority community, the agency said.

The blaze had gutted nearly 400 tents, the province's civil defence spokesman Bewar Abdulaziz said, according to INA.

"Civil defence teams managed to control the fire. An investigation has started to determine its cause," he added.

At least six people were injured in the fire, according to INA.

Footage on the Kurdish news website Rudaw showed smoke billowing above the camp.

Subsequent explosions of flammable materials, including gas cylinders, exacerbated the situation, Rudaw reported citing Duhok Governor Ali Tatar.

The Yezidis, the followers of an ancient faith, were the target of atrocities perpetrated by Islamic State militants who overran swathes of Iraq in 2014.

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