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Death toll increases to 82 in Baghdad hospital fire

110 patients injured in fire at COVID-19 hospital in Baghdad

Ibrahim Saleh   | 25.04.2021
Death toll increases to 82 in Baghdad hospital fire Relatives of those who lost their lives at Baghdad Ibn al-Hatip Hospital fire mourn, in Baghdad, Iraq on April 25, 2021. More than 35 people died on Saturday in a fire at a hospital where coronavirus patients were being treated in Baghdad, said an Iraqi official. ( Murtadha Al-Sudani - Anadolu Agency )

BAGHDAD

The death toll from a fire at a COVID-19 hospital in the Iraqi capital Baghdad rose to 82 patients, according to the Iraqi Interior Ministry on Sunday.

More than 35 killed in Baghdad hospital fire

NAJAF, IRAQ - APRIL 25: Funeral ceremony held for 3 people who lost their lives at Baghdad Ibn al-Hatip Hospital fire, in Najaf, Iraq on April 25, 2021. More than 35 people died on Saturday in a fire at a hospital where coronavirus patients were being treated in Baghdad, said an Iraqi official. ( Karar Essa - Anadolu Agency )

A ministry statement said that 110 patients were also injured in the fire that took place at the Ibn al-Khatib hospital in Baghdad late Saturday.

According to local media, the fire was caused by the explosion of oxygen tanks at the hospital, where coronavirus patients were being treated.

Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi ordered an immediate investigation into the incident.

"The Prime Minister and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces mourn the martyrs of the tragic incident that took place in Ibn al-Khatib hospital in the capital Baghdad," al-Kadhimi's media office said on Twitter.

According to a statement, al-Kadhimi "ordered an immediate investigation into the causes of the incident" and to "summon the hospital manager, the security manager [of the hospital] and those responsible for the maintenance of the hospital equipment."

For its part, the Independent High Commission for Human Rights of Iraq, an official body linked to the Iraqi parliament, called on the Iraqi premier to sack Health Minister Hassan al-Tamimi and his deputies over the incident.

CCTV shows first moments of Baghdad hospital fire

*Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara

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