At Least 54 Dead After COVID Hospital in Iraq Catches Fire

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20:51 GMT 12.07.2021(updated 23:07 GMT 12.07.2021)

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The origin of the occurrence astatine the Al-Hussein Hospital successful Iraq’s Nasiriyah district, wherever coronavirus patients are being treated, is not yet determined. Reports suggest, however, that the occurrence was caused by an oxygen cylinder explosion.

At slightest 54 radical were killed successful a occurrence that erupted successful the Al-Hussein coronavirus infirmary successful Iraq's Nasiriyah territory connected Monday, according to Dhi Qar Health Department.

Iraqi authorities quality bureau INA earlier reported that astatine slightest 41 radical were killed and "dozens" were injured successful the fire. Al Arabiya, citing Iraqi media reports, said that the fig of victims is "likely to rise".

Health officials of the Dhi Qar Governorate declared a authorities of exigency aft the incident. According to reports, the occurrence could person been caused by an oxygen cylinder explosion, but the authoritative origin is inactive to beryllium determined.

According to authorities officials, cited by INA, the occurrence is "under control", arsenic the remaining patients were evacuated from the hospital.

Videos showing the infirmary engulfed successful flames emerged online.

Tragic quality retired of Nasriyah, Iraq, a occurrence broke retired successful the COVID-19 quarantine and attraction halfway (part of Imam Hussien infirmary successful Nasriyah)

— Steven Nabil (@thestevennabil) July 12, 2021

​This is not the archetypal clip a COVID infirmary has caught occurrence successful Iraq, as, earlier successful April, a occurrence astatine a Baghdad COVID-19 infirmary killed 82 and injured 110. The origin of the detonation and consequent occurrence was ruled to beryllium incorrectly-stored oxygen cylinders.

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