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More than 60 people killed in fire at Iraqi hospital treating Covid 19 patients

13 Jul 2021
Baghdad, Iraq (CNN)At least 64 people have been killed in a fire at a hospital that treats coronavirus patients in the southeastern Iraqi city of Nasiriya, according to health officials.
Some 50 people were also injured in the Monday night blaze that is believed to have started after oxygen tanks exploded in an intensive care unit treating Covid-19 patients. The fire has since been extinguished.
The Al-Hussein Hospital was set up at the start of the pandemic to treat coronavirus patients and it has quarantine stations on site. Nasiriya, in Dhi Qar province, is about 360 kilometers (225 miles) southeast of Iraq's capital, Baghdad.
Iraqi President Barham Salhi blamed the incident on "corruption and mismanagement" and called on those responsible to be held accountable.