Twelve newborn babies are dead after a fire erupted at a Baghdad hospital on Wednesday, the Iraq’s Health Ministry said.
The ministry also reported 29 women and nine babies injured in the blaze.
The fire broke out in a corridor of the maternity ward of al-Yarmouk hospital, which lies in central Baghdad.
The Ministry of Health said: “Civil defence forces managed to extinguish the fire, evacuating the injured to nearby hospitals.
“Initial findings indicate the incident was caused by an electrical short circuit.”
The position of the Iraqi Health Ministry was made known by its spokesman, Ahmmed al-Rudaini.