Turkey seeks clarification from China

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The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs asked the Chinese authorities to provide clarifications regarding the circumstances of deaths in a fire in Xinjiang (East Turkestan).

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The Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday that it had received with great sadness the news of the deaths and injuries in the fire that broke out in the city of “Urumqi”, the capital of the Xinjiang (East Turkestan) Autonomous Region in northwest China.

It expressed Turkey’s condolences for the victims of the painful accident and wished a speedy recovery for the injured.

It said it was waiting for China to “inform the public about the cause of the fire”.

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According to Turkish diplomatic sources, Ankara asked the Chinese authorities to provide clarifications about the circumstances of the fire.

Allegations were made that the residents of the residential building could not leave their homes because the building was under quarantine, and that the firefighting teams did not intervene in time because they were unable to enter the compound surrounded by metal barriers, which caused protests in the area.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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On Friday, Chinese state media announced that at least 10 people were killed and 9 others injured, when a fire broke out in a residential building in Urumqi.