82 People Killed and Hundreds Hurt in Baghdad COVID Hospital Fire

At least 82 people were killed and another 110 people were hurt when a fire broke out at the Ibn al-Khatib Hospital in Baghdad, Iraq, on Saturday night.

The fire started after oxygen tanks exploded.

According the the Iraq Health Ministry, at least 200 people were rescued including patients and staff. An exact casualty count would be provided at a later 

The hospital in southeastern Baghdad is a referral hospital for patients from all over Iraq and housed a large COVID-19 ward.

Civil defense teams are still at the scene of the accident, investigating the  causes that led to this fire, which caused the loss of the lives of  many of patients and their companions,” according to a statement  released by Iraq’s Health Ministry earlier Sunday.

In a statement, Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi called the hospital fire “a crime”  and promised that those responsible will be held accountable

The Prime Minister declared a period of national mourning for those killed in the fire.

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