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Bahrain traders to get compensation for market blaze

Bahrain's PM promises 'immediate compensation; says Isa Town Market to be rebuilt in record time

Bahrain traders to get compensation for market blaze
Firefighters tackle the blaze at Isa Town Market in Bahrain.

Bahrain's prime minister has promised "immediate compensation" to traders whose livelihood has been impacted by the blaze which destroyed Isa Town market last month.

Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa also said that the market would be rebuilt in "record time".

He made the comments during a follow-up visit to the scene of the fire on Thursday, Bahrain News Agency reported.

He was accompanied by Dr Jum'a bin Ahmed Al-Ka'bi, the Minister of Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning, who urged authorities to provide an alternative location for traders to use until the market has been reconstructed.

The prime minister met with traders and shop owners and assured them that the market will be reconstructed in record time, BNA said.

Last month, Bahrain's Prime Minister ordered a safety review of all traditional markets in the Gulf kingdom following a blaze that wiped out much of the Isa Town Market.

He said inspection campaigns would also be intensified to ensure that all markets are committed to safety.

The blaze at Isa Town Market damaged more than 450 stalls and was tackled by dozens of firefighters and around 30 fire engines.

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