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Fire At Baghdad Hospital Kills 11 Newborn Babies


Grief-stricken parents in Baghdad were searching their missing children at Yarmouk hospital on August 10 after an overnight fire in the maternity ward killed at least 11 newborn babies.

Iraq’s Health Ministry spokesman Ahmed al-Roudaini said an initial investigation suggested the fire was caused by a faulty electrical system.

Meanwhile, forensic teams in masks and protective gloves searched through the rubble and charred pieces of furniture.

Baghdad authorities initially sealed off the hospital but later allowed some correspondents into the site.

Some crying relatives outside claimed their babies were still missing and demanded an answer from authorities.

Hussein Omar, a 30-year-old construction worker, said he lost twins in the tragedy -- a baby boy and a girl born last week.

Mada Press, an independent news agency in Baghdad, reported that 29 female patients and seven babies were moved from the ward where the fire broke out and transferred to another hospital.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP
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