The deaths of seven young members of a family in a fire at their Damascus apartment has sent shockwaves through the Syrian capital.
The siblings were asleep in their apartment in the city’s old quarter when the fire broke out on Tuesday and spread quickly.
Six of the children suffocated in their bedroom while the seventh, a girl, was stuck under a false ceiling that collapsed and burnt to death as she tried to find a place to flee.
It was not immediately clear what caused the blaze late Tuesday in the Arnous family apartment on the fourth floor of a building in the Amara district in the city center.
Short circuit could be a reason, family members said, while state media said an electric heater, turned on during the cold night, could have been the cause.
The seven dead were three boys and four girls, aged between three and 13 and identified by relatives as Fares, Sidra, Seif, Mustafa, Hala, Hallah and Nadia.