Iraq hospital fire kills more than 60

Fire in one of Iraq’s hospitals has killed more than 60 people.

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Fire in one of Iraq’s hospitals has killed more than 60 people.

The fire erupted in the city of Nasiriya in the coronavirus isolation ward. Much of Iraq’s health care system is in poor condition after years of conflict and angry relatives of the victims have been protesting outside the facility.

The cause of the fire is still unclear. However, the investigation is still going on. Initial reports say that the blaze was caused due to the oxygen cylinder explosion. State media put the death toll at 64, with nearly 70 others injured.

The new ward had space for 70 beds and was built just three months ago, medical officials told the Associated Press news agency. A health official said that at least 63 people were inside when the fire began.

The coronavirus pandemic has severely strained Iraq’s health service, already suffering from years of war, neglect, and corruption. The country is under a serious threat of the pandemic and now the protest. The two incidents would cause a huge economic depression in the country.