Fire at maternity ward in Baghdad hospital kills 11 babies

August 10, 2016 10:07 AM

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BAGHDAD – A fire ripped through a maternity ward at a Baghdad hospital overnight, killing 11 newborn babies, an Iraqi spokesman said Wednesday, a deadly blaze that was likely caused by faulty electrical wiring.

By morning, grief-stricken fathers searched for their missing newborns in vain while angry relatives gathered outside the Yarmouk hospital in western Baghdad blamed the government for the tragedy.

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