At least 27 people were killed and 46 injured in a fire on Saturday at a hospital in southeastern Baghdad 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.
Many ambulances were rushing towards the hospital, ferrying away those hurt by the fire.
Patients not injured in the incident were also being transferred out of the hospital, the medical sources said.
The head of Iraqi civil defense unit said the fire broke out in the floor designated for the pulmonary intensive care unit.
Major General Kadhim Bohan added that the fire has been put out.
Iraq’s healthcare system, already ruined by decades of sanctions, war and neglect, has been stretched during the coronavirus crisis.