"The main causes of the fire in the hall for ceremonial events in Al-Hamdania were the use of fireworks indoors and the absence of any security measures," TASS quoted him as saying.

He added that a significant increase in the number of casualties during the fire was caused by the fact that emergency exits from the hall were closed.

Earlier, the Red Crescent organization said on its social networks that the number of dead and injured in a fire at a wedding in the Iraqi province of Ninawa exceeded 450.

Russian leader Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to Iraqi President Abdel Latif Rashid and Prime Minister Mohammed al-Sudani in connection with the consequences of the fire in Al-Hamdaniyah.