Iraq: 82 killed in fire at Baghdad hospital treating COVID-19 patients

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A fire caused by an oxygen tank exploding at an Iraqi hospital treating COVID-19 patients has killed at least 82 people and injured 110 more.

Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has responded by sacking key hospital officials, as well as suspending the country’s health minister and referring him for investigation.

The fire broke out at Ibn Khatib hospital in the Diyala Bridge area of Iraqi capital Baghdad on Saturday night, with reports suggesting an oxygen cylinder exploded on a ward.

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