Iraq officials: 11 newborn babies killed in hospital fire

August 10, 2016
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The tragedy at Yarmouk maternity hospital in Baghdad took lives of at least 11 newborn babies, who were killed in a fire. According to Iraqi authorities, the fire was probably caused by an electrical fault. 

On Wednesday, at Yarmouk maternity hospital died at least 11 newborn babies. The Iraqi health ministry said in its official statement that prematurely-born infants died after the blaze broke out overnight.

According to the health ministry spokesman Ahmed al-Roudaini, in the fire died at least 11 newborn babies, 29 women and seven children were rescued and taken to another hospital in Baghdad.

One of the parents, Hussein Omar (30) is stricken with grief: he lost his twins, a week-old girl and a boy, in the fire Yarmouk maternity hospital. He tried to search kids in another hospital, but he failed.  Morgue at the Yarmouk hospital and charred pieces of flesh — that was only could see Hussein:

“I want my baby boy and girl back. The government must give them back to me.”

Hussein Omar and other parents and relatives of the victims are demanding from the government the investigation of the fire. Too often electrical fires become the reason of tragic deaths. Authorities said that Iraqi buildings have poor maintenance and wiring, and the lack of fire escapes also contributes to the dangers.

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