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Iraq premier suspends health minister, Baghdad governor

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - JANUARY 21: Iraqi Health Minister Hassan Mohammed al-Tamimi (C) visits wounded people brought to receive treatment at Al-Kindi Hospital after twin suicide bombing attack at al-Tayaran Square in Baghdad, Iraq on January 21, 2021. A twin suicide bombing rocked a busy commercial market in Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 32 people, injuring 110 others. ( Murtadha Al-Sudani - Anadolu Agency )
Iraqi Health Minister Hassan Mohammed al-Tamimi (C) visits wounded people brought to receive treatment at Al-Kindi Hospital after twin suicide bombing attack at al-Tayaran Square in Baghdad, Iraq on January 21, 2021 [Murtadha Al-Sudani - Anadolu Agency]

In the aftermath of a deadly fire which took the lives of over 80 COVID-19 patients, Iraq's health minister and the governor of Baghdad have both been suspended, Anadolu Agency reported.

At a special Sunday Cabinet session, Health Minister Hassan Al-Tamimi and Baghdad Governor Muhammad Jaber were suspended and referred for investigations, said a statement by Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi's media office.

It added that a commission chaired by Interior Minister Othman Al-Ghanimi was set up to investigate the deadly fire at Ibn Al-Khatib hospital and hold those responsible accountable.

Iraq: Nearly 20 killed in Baghdad hospital fire

The fire at the Ibn al-Khatib hospital in the capital Baghdad late Saturday claimed the lives of 82 and injured 110 others, according to the Interior Ministry.

According to local media, the fire was caused by the explosion of oxygen tanks at the hospital, where coronavirus patients were being treated.

The Iraqi government declared three days of national mourning for the victims of the fire.

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