Baghdad Hospital Fire: 11 Babies Die In Maternity Ward Blaze

By Hamdi Alkhshali

At least 11 babies died when a fire broke out in the maternity ward of a Baghdad hospital early Wednesday, the Iraqi Health Ministry said.

The babies were in the pre-term birth unit in Yarmouk Hospital and died of suffocation, said Ahmed al-Rdainy, a spokesman for the ministry.
A preliminary report provided by the Civil Defense indicates the fire was caused by an electrical short circuit. In other footage,
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Amateur footage from the scene, circulated on social media, showed nervous families congregating outside the maternity ward. Other footage showed firefighters entering the charred, water-logged building, and ambulances racing victims to other hospitals for treatment.
Twenty-nine women delivered babies at the hospital Tuesday night, the spokesman said. They were all transferred to other hospitals in Baghdad.
Source: cnn.com

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