11 newborns die in hospital blaze
At least 11 premature babies were killed yesterday in a fire that tore through one of the city’s largest maternity hospitals, medical and security sources said. Health ministry spokesperson Ahmed al-Rudeini said the blaze at the Yarmouk hospital was started by an electrical fault. He added that 29 other infants in Yarmouk “were evacuated to other hospitals in the capital”. An official at Iraq’s interior ministry confirmed the death toll from the fire, adding that three other babies were being treated for smoke inhalation.