Jordan offers condolences to Iraq after deadly fire


Published: 2021-04-25 16:15

Last Updated: 2021-05-17 00:34

Source: Al Jazeera
Source: Al Jazeera

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs Sunday expressed its deepest condolences and sincere sympathy to Baghdad and the brotherly Republic of Iraq, after 82 people were killed in a fire in a hospital in the capital overnight.

The Ministry’s spokesperson, Dhaifallah Ali Al-Fayez, affirmed the Kingdom’s solidarity with the brotherly Republic of Iraq in this painful situation, and the Kingdom’s condolences to the families of the victims and wishes for a speedy recovery for the injured.

The fire was caused by an oxygen tank exploding.

Later Sunday, the Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi referred the Minister of Health and the Governor of Baghdad to investigation in connection with the fire. 

An official statement, a copy of which was received by France Press, said, "During an extraordinary session, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi decided to discuss the tragic accident at Ibn Al-Khatib Hospital (...) to withdraw the hand of the Minister of Health (Hassan Al-Tamimi) and the Governor of Baghdad (Muhammad Jaber Al-Atta) and referred them for investigation."

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