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Syrian refugee child dies in Jordan fire

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A fire swept through a tent in a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan killing a seven-year-old Syrian girl and wounding her father and her two brothers, triggering a riot in the compound, an official said Tuesday.

"We still do not know what caused the fire, which killed Lamis late last night (Monday)," at the Zaatari desert camp in northern Jordan, Anmar Hmud, a government spokesman for Syrian refugee issues, told AFP.

The girl's father, Ziad Salkhadi, as well as her brothers aged five and nine suffered medium burns, he said.

"After the incident, around 50 Syrian refugees briefly rioted at the camp in protest at what happened," he said without elaborating.

Last month, seven members of a Syrian refugee family were killed when a fire broke out in their caravan in Zaatari after a gas heater exploded.

Jordan says it is hosting around 380,000 Syrian refugees, including some 83,000 in Zaatari, which has seen frequent protests, mainly over poor living conditions.

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