82 killed, mostly COVID patients in hospital fire in Iraq

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Baghdad: In Iraq, 82 people were killed, mostly COVID patients in a hospital fire caused by accidental explosion of oxygen tank. The mishap took place in a Baghdad hospital’s intensive care unit injuring more than hundred, the All India Radio reported. 

According to medical sources, the blaze sparked at the Ibn al-Khatib Hospital on Sunday, was sparked by an accident that caused an oxygen tank to explode, reports said.

Iraq’s Civil Defence said, the fire was under control. Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi has suspended Health Minister Hassan al-Tamimi after public raged demanding stern action against high level officials. He has also ordered an investigation into the tragedy, added reports. (air)


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