World Bulletin / News Desk
Captain Ahmed al-Duleimi said the refugees died when their tent caught fire at al-Markazi refugee camp, south of Fallujah.
“A father, his wife and three children were killed in the accident,” he said.
He said a heather had caused the blaze.
Iraq has suffered a devastating security vacuum since mid-2014, when ISIL extremist group captured the northern city of Mosul – now the subject of a large offensive to retake it – and overran large swathes of territory in the northern and western parts of the country.
According to the UN, more than 3.4 million people are now displaced in Iraq – more than half of them children – while more than 10 million are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.