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Iraq: Nearly 20 killed in Baghdad hospital fire

An Iraqi worker fills an oxygen tanks at a filling station in Arbil, the capital of the northern Iraqi Kurdish autonomous region, on November 3, 2020. - In Arbil like all over Iraq, people prefer to rely on oxygen tanks and receiving medicine at home rather than going to hospitals that are run down, with outdated or broken equipment and staff often poorly trained and overworked. Almost half a million Iraqis are infected by the virus which killed more than 11,000 of them. (Photo by SAFIN HAMED / AFP) (Photo by SAFIN HAMED/AFP via Getty Images)
An Iraqi worker fills an oxygen tanks at a filling station in Arbil, the capital of the northern Iraqi Kurdish autonomous region, on November 3, 2020 [SAFIN HAMED/AFP via Getty Images]

Nearly 20 people died in a fire at a hospital where coronavirus patients were being treated in Baghdad, according to sources on Saturday, Anadolu Agency reported.

Dozens of patients' relatives reportedly suffered injuries because of a lack of oxygen due to intense smoke from the fire at Ibn al-Hatip Hospital.

The cause of the fire is not known but the Iraqi Civil Defense Directorate said extinguishing work in the hospital was complete and an investigation was initiated.

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