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Hospital fire claims 64 lives in Iraq

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has ordered an investigation into the incident.

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Baghdad: Some 64 people were killed and 50 wounded in a huge fire that broke out in a hospital treating COVID-19 patients in Iraq’s southern province of Dhi Qar, the official Iraqi News Agency (INA) reported.

“The latest toll of the fire in the quarantine center in al-Hussein Hospital in the provincial capital al-Nasiriyah rose to 64 killed and 50 wounded,” INA said, quoting a health department spokesman.

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The fire broke out in the quarantine centre on Monday evening and quickly spread to 20 sandwich panel caravans nearby in the makeshift centre at the site of al-Hussein Hospital in al-Nasiriyah, some 375 km south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has ordered an investigation into the incident.

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