At least 82 killed in fire after ‘oxygen tanks explode’ at Covid hospital in Iraq

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  • The Telegraph published this video item, entitled “At least 82 killed in fire after ‘oxygen tanks explode’ at Covid hospital in Iraq” – below is their description.

    A fire that ravaged a Covid-19 hospital in Iraq’s capital killed 82 people pre-dawn Sunday, sparking angry calls for officials to be sacked in a country with long-dilapidated health infrastructure.

    Many of the victims were on respirators when the blaze at Baghdad’s Ibn al-Khatib hospital started with an explosion caused by “a fault in the storage of oxygen cylinders”, medical sources told AFP.

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