Iraq’s health minister resigns over Baghdad hospital fire


Iraq’s health minister has resigned over a week after a deadly fire ripped through a Baghdad hospital for coronavirus patients killing dozens

Iraq’s prime minister approved the resignation request submitted by Health Minister Hasan al-Tamimi, according to a statement from his office.

The resignation came shortly after the Cabinet voted on the recommendations of an investigative committee that probed the catastrophic fire at Ibn al-Khatib hospital. The fire, which broke out late April 24 and raged for hours, killed 82 people and wounded over 100, according to the Interior Ministry.

Cabinet members approved recommendations to take disciplinary action against the hospital’s director and administrative assistant, relieving them of their positions. They also approved a recommendation to lift the suspensions of al-Tamimi and Baghdad’s governor.

The Health Minister resigned despite the vote.

Officials said the blaze was set off by exploding oxygen cylinders. Speculation has run rampant about what caused them to explode.

The investigative committee did not shed light on the cause of the explosion.

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