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Death toll from hospital fire in Iraq tops 90

Fire damage at a hospital in Nasiriyah, Iraq, on Tuesday Associated Press/Photo by Khalid Mohammed

Death toll from hospital fire in Iraq tops 90

Anguished relatives buried their loved ones and lashed out at the government over the country’s second such disaster in less than three months. More than 90 people died and scores of others were injured in the blaze that erupted Monday at al-Hussein Teaching Hospital in Nasiriyah, the Iraqi state news agency reported.

What caused the fire? The government is investigating but has not announced any findings. Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi convened an emergency meeting and ordered the suspension and arrest of the health director in the province, the hospital director, and the city's civil defense chief. In April, at least 82 people died in a fire at a Baghdad hospital that broke out when an oxygen tank exploded.

Dig deeper: Read Mindy Belz’s report in Globe Trot about the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq last year.

Kent Covington

Kent is a reporter and news anchor for WORLD Radio. He spent nearly two decades in Christian and news/talk radio before joining WORLD in 2012. He resides in Atlanta, Ga.


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