A fire at a hospital in southeastern Baghdad that was treating coronavirus patients killed 82 people and wounded 110 others.
According to medical reports, an oxygen tank exploded at the Ibn al-Khatib Hospital in the Diyala Bridge region of the Iraqi capital, causing the fire.
Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Iraq’s prime minister, has launched an inquiry into the deadly fire and has promised to hold everyone responsible.
On social media, videos showed firefighters attempting to put out fires at the hospital while patients and their families attempted to evacuate. People reportedly jumped out of windows to avoid the fire, according to witnesses.
The incident sparked outrage on social media, with Iraqis angry at the government and calling for the firing of the health minister.
Iraq’s hospitals have been worn down by decades of conflict and poor investment with shortages in medicines and hospital beds.
Sourced from Uzalendo news.