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Iraq hospital fire: Protests as Covid ward blaze kills at least 92

BBC News

July 13, 2021

At least 92 people have died after a fire in a Covid isolation ward at a hospital in the Iraqi city of Nasiriya.

Much of Iraq’s healthcare system is in poor condition after years of conflict and angry relatives of the victims have been protesting outside the facility. Police say the fire at al-Hussein hospital started when sparks from faulty wiring spread to an oxygen tank, causing it to explode.

Arrest warrants have been issued against 13 people, local media report. Privately owned news site Shafaq News reports that the list, issued by the Dhi Qar Integrity Investigation Court, includes the province’s health chief Saddam Sahib al-Taweel.

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