At least 10 dead in fire at Baghdad hospital for COVID-19 patients - medical sources

Hospital Ibn al-Khatib in Baghdad, Iraq.
Hospital Ibn al-Khatib in Baghdad, Iraq. Photo credit: Google

At least 10 people were killed and another 30 injured in a fire at a hospital in southeastern Baghdad on Saturday (local time) that had been equipped to house COVID-19 patients, medical sources at three nearby hospitals said.

The fire at the Ibn Khatib hospital in the Diyala Bridge area of the Iraqi capital occurred after an accident caused an oxygen tank to explode, the sources said.

Multiple ambulances were rushing towards the hospital, ferrying away those hurt by the fire, a Reuters photographer nearby said.

Patients not injured in the incident were also being transferred out of the hospital, the medical sources said.