25 April 2021 by Grace Namiji
At least 23 people have been killed in a fire at a hospital treating coronavirus patients in the capital of Iraq, Baghdad.
Many others were injured in the blaze, which erupted at the Ibn Khatib hospital on Saturday night.
Reports say an accident had caused an oxygen tank to explode, sparking the blaze.
About “30 patients were in the intensive care unit”, which was reserved for the most severe cases of Covid-19 in Baghdad, a hospital source told the AFP news agency.
So far, emergency crew had rescued 90 out of 120 patients and relatives.
Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi called for an immediate investigation into the causes of what he called a “tragic accident”.