vendredi 30 septembre 2011

Kuwait: Jealousy leads to a national tragedy.


On August 16, 2008, a woman of 23 years who could not tolerate her ex-husband remarries decided to put fire to the tent where the festivities were held.
         The Kuwaiti daily Al-Qabas said the woman claimed to have set fire to the tent, where were the guests, women and children, to avenge the "abuse" suffered at the hands of her ex-husband.
         The newspaper added that an Asian  domestic employed by the ex-wife saw her boss tries to spray the gasoline before setting it on fire and had informed the police.
         General Jassem Mansouri, head of the firefighters told to state television that the last record was 43 dead who died burned or trampled in the stampede triggered by the fire.
         According to General Mansouri, a total of 90 persons were more or less affected in the fire that consumed the tent a few minutes and caused a catastrophe, the loss of life unprecedented in the modern history of the Gulf oil emirate.
         The health minister Helal Al Sayer said that five of the injured were in critical condition, and 38 others were discharged from hospital.
         The wedding was held in the area of ​​Jahra, 50 km northwest of Kuwait City, populated by 500,000 people in the majority of conservative tribes.
         In local tradition, women and men do not mix at parties weddings and other celebrations.
         The bride escaped the fire. She was in a hair salon where she finished her makeup, when the fire broke out, according to the press.
         General Mansouri said on Sunday that most of the charred bodies of the victims were making it difficult to identify them.
         The emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah (Chairman of the emirate since 2006) has expressed his sympathy to the families and said, in sign of mourning, he would not take ceremonial greeting at the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan which began the following week.

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