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Conflict Incident Report

Fire ravages Bekaa refugee camp, kills Syrian child

Date of incident: 
June 1, 2015
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Syrian Civilians/Refugees
Civil Defense

A huge fire broke out in the Jarrahieh camp in Marj, Bekaa on the 1st of June at 11:30 am. Primary information said that it had been caused by electrical wiring in one of the tents. The fire spread to the whole camp which hosted more than 250 families. Field accounts maintain that the local fire department, which is 7 minutes away from the camp, took more than 2:30 hours to react. 5 persons were reportedly deceased due to the fire, including a woman and her children. Investigations showed later on that 2 persons from the camp had been caught trying to ignite the rest of the camp and confessed to local authorities that they were behind Monday's fire. First hand data: By Lebanon Support Team.

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Individual acts of violence
Violent incidents which do not have a specific or a known political agenda but are caused by the general proliferation of weapons, of trained and untrained soldiers or militants, by the general inefficiency of the Justice system, and past-traditions and histories of violence within society.
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