Published On: Tue, Jul 13th, 2021
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Death Toll Rises to 92 in Blaze at Coronavirus Ward in Iraqon July 13, 2021 at 4:27 pm

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NASIRIYAH, Iraq—The death toll from a fire that swept through a hospital coronavirus ward in Iraq climbed to 92 on Tuesday as anguished relatives buried their loved ones and lashed out at the government over the country’s second such disaster in less than three months. Health officials said scores of others were injured in the blaze that erupted Monday at al-Hussein Teaching Hospital in Nasiriyah. The tragedy cast a spotlight on what many have decried as widespread negligence and mismanagement in Iraq’s hospitals after decades of war and sanctions. Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi convened an emergency meeting and ordered the suspension and arrest of the health director in Dhi Qar provice, the hospital director and the city’s civil defense chief. The government also launched an investigation. The prime minister called the catastrophe “a deep wound in the consciousness of all Iraqis.” Authorities at one point said the fire was caused …

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