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Massive Fire Broke Out At Iraq’s Covid Hospital. 82 Patients Dead, Health Minister Suspended

More than 80 individuals have died on Sunday when a fire tore through a Baghdad hospital for Covid-19 patients, sparking shock and the suspension of high ranking representatives regulating Iraq’s disintegrating wellbeing administrations.

The blast at eastern Baghdad’s Ibn al-Khatib clinic started when seriously amassed chambers exploded, surgeons said.

A significant number of the deceased were on respirators and were singed or choked in the subsequent hellfire.

“It took just three minutes for the fire to reach most floors” of the hospital, the fire administration said.

The health ministry said 82 individuals were slaughtered and 110 injured, while the Iraqi Human Rights Commission said 28 of the casualties were patients who must be taken off ventilators to get away from the blazes.

The burst tore across different floors in the evening, as many family members were visiting patients in the emergency unit, medical source said.

Bakr Qazem, son of one of the deceased, said he was at the emergency hospital when he felt “a strong explosion”.

“We saw a fire and couldn’t save the patients,” he told AFP mournfully from Najaf, the Shiite heavenly city where he had taken his dad’s body for cremation.

Throughout all the day, funerals filled the city, where by far most of Iraq’s Shiites are covered.

As per Iraq’s fire administration, “the hospital had no fire protection system and false ceilings allowed the flames to spread to highly flammable products”.

It added that firefighters had been late arriving at the medical clinic, in the distant areas of Baghdad.

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi suspended Health Minister Hassan al-Tamimi — who is backed by the Shiite leader Moqtada Sadr — as a component of a investigation additionally including the Governor of Baghdad.

The fire set off shock on social media platforms, with a far and wide hashtag requesting the health minister be sacked.

The Hezbollah Brigades, one of Iraq’s most extreme supportive of Iran groups, on Sunday evening requested the government to resign.

Kadhemi, in a tweet, asked Iraqis “to be united in solidarity and to refrain from playing politics with this national catastrophe.”

He has likewise announced three days of national mourning and also declared a compension of 10 million dinars (around $6,900) for families of each victim.

Parliament said it would devote its Monday session to the misfortune.

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