At least 52 dead, 22 wounded in Iraq Covid ward fire
14 July 2021 | 6:25 am
Protesters gather at an Iraqi hospital where at least 52 people have died and several others wounded in a massive fire that engulfed a coronavirus isolation ward. The fire broke out at the Al-Hussein hospital in the southern city of Nasiriyah late Monday.
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