At least 60 people died According to sources from the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior, the Al Jatib hospital in Baghdad, southeast Iraq, caused a fire in the early hours of this morning due to an oxygen cylinder explosion.
The source of a lieutenant colonel in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior explained on condition of anonymity that 60 people were killed in the explosion, noting that The cause of death was “due to suffocation”After the deflagration, it caused a fire in the medical facility.
So far, the Iraqi authorities They have not provided an official number of casualties even if The Ministry of National Defense said in a statement that more than 20 fire brigades rescued more than 200 people from the fire and they extinguished this “fire.”
The explosion was caused by The oxygen cylinder bursts In Al Jatib Hospital, southeast of Baghdad, this is a medical institution. 120 beds And specifically for coronavirus patients.
In the recordings of hospital surveillance cameras released by the Iraqi press, A group of people chatting in the corridor in front of the room The explosion occurred in the place before the explosion, around 22:20 local time on Saturday (20:20 Spanish time).
Then they listen Some scream Probably in that room, after a strong internal explosion, some people in the corridor They escaped the horror And other people enter the room and realize Pull out a man Put on the patient’s robe before the hallway starts to fill with smoke.
The Iraqi national news agency INA assured the cause of the fire. It may also be a short circuit Originated on the second floor of the hospital. “No one told me it was caused by an electrical fault. It’s a shame“Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al Kazemi expressed this hypothesis.
“This Negligence on these issues is not only an error, but also a crime After an emergency meeting with several ministers and those in charge of national security in the early morning, Kazimi said that all negligents must take responsibility.
In this sense, the Prime Minister confirmed that he has requested “Initial investigation” into an explosion The statement said that and fired several hospital officials, including the director and the person in charge of maintenance.
He also authorized Protect all victims According to the official news agency NINA, the cost of the accident included their medical expenses and considered the “martyrs” of the deceased.
Al Kazemi, who announced his official condolences for the victims, also ordered View “Security procedures in all hospitals, hotels and public places Within a week, “all over Iraq and inspected” every cable in every public place and hospital. “
The Iraqi parliament convened this Monday Event special meetingAccording to the Iraqi national agency INA.
Similarly, the Governor of Baghdad State Mohamed Jaber al Atta (Mohamed Jaber al Atta) also ordered the wounded and sick Evacuate at a nearby hospital. He said in a statement: “The governor is painfully following the incident.” He asked the Iraqi Ministry of Health to “investigate the accident.”
These events in Iraq are unusualAlthough decades of conflict have severely affected public services, the country’s medical infrastructure is in poor condition and is undergoing reconstruction.The Iraqi Public Commission for Human Rights has asked the government to be held accountable for this incident and has Request the Minister of Health to resignHasan Mohamed Abas also reviewed the shortcomings of the Iraqi health system, especially in special circumstances such as epidemics.
On Sunday morning, dozens of angry family members and young people demonstrated in front of Al Jatib Hospital and other parts of Baghdad in protest. Protest against the state of public services, Demanded responsibility for this tragedy, and demanded that the person in charge of health resign.