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Iraq: At least 92 killed in second Covid-19 hospital fire in months

At least 92 people were killed and more than 100 injured in a fire at a Covid-19 hospital the city of Nasiriyah in southern Iraq on Monday night, the Dhi Qar health directorate reported.

The blaze at Al-Hussein Hospital was caused by an oxygen tank explosion, health officials said, the second such incident in months. In April, at least 82 people were killed and 110 people injured after a similar accident at a coronavirus clinic in Baghdad.

"Sixty-four (bodies) were retrieved and 39 identified and handed over to their families," a source at the Forensic Science Department in Dhi Qar, where Nasiriyah is located, told AFP, adding: "Medical teams and relatives of victims are finding it difficult to identify the rest of the corpses."

The death toll might rise further with more bodies feared buried under the rubble.

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