Iraq: Hospital fire kills 11 babies in Baghdad

10th Aug 2016
Iraq: Hospital fire kills 11 babies in Baghdad

By Ibrahim Salih

 

BAGHDAD (AA): Eleven newborn babies were killed on Wednesday in a fire that broke out at a hospital in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, the Iraqi Health Ministry said.

Ministry spokesman Ahmed al-Redini said the fire at the maternity wing of Yarmouk hospital was caused by electric fault.

“Twenty-eight women and seven babies were evacuated to other hospitals,” he said.

A hospital source said an oxygen tube exploded due to the flames, causing the fatalities.

“More than ten babies were also injured in the blaze,” he said.

Al-Redini said that civil defense teams have managed to extinguish the fire.

 

[Photo: Baghdad’s Medical City. Photo Creative Commons]

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