The Ibn al-Khatib Hospital in Iraq’s capital city of Baghdad caught fire early Sunday morning after it is believed that oxygen bottles exploded due to not being stored properly. This hospital is a speciality hospital in which patient from across Iraq are referred to who need a higher level of care than what normal hospitals can provide. Health Ministry spokesman Major General Khaled Al-Muhanna said they won’t have exact figures until later today and that they will provide an update at that time.
Iraq’s Prime Minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi called the fire a “crime” and insisted those who are responsible or negligent will be held responsible. He also ordered a period of national mourning for those that died. Among the patients were 28 who were in an ICU unit being treated for Covid-19.