People gather as a massive fire engulfs the coronavirus isolation ward of Al Hussein Hospital in Nasiriyah, Iraq, late on Monday. AFP
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The UAE has expressed its solidarity with the friendly Republic of Iraq over the victims of the fire that struck Al Hussein Hospital in Nasiriyah on Monday night.
On Tuesday, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its sincere condolences to the government of Iraq and to the families of the victims of this tragic accident.
In a statement, the UAE foreign ministry also wished a speedy recovery to the injured of the hospital fire.
Grief and anger gripped the city of Nasiriyah after blaze swept through a temporary coronavirus isolation ward, killing 92 patients.
The deadly fire in Al Hussein Hospital, which doctors said was fuelled by oxygen canisters exploding, was the second such incident in Iraq in three months.
Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhemi on Sunday suspended Health Minister Hassan Al Tamimi while he is questioned over a fire in a Baghdad COVID-19 hospital that killed 82 people.
A fire sparked by an oxygen tank explosion killed at least 82 people and injured 110 at a hospital in Baghdad that had been equipped to house COVID-19 patients, an Interior Ministry spokesman said on Sunday.
Local authorities promised to award the doctors who continued with the operation and the firefighters who extinguished the blaze. Firefighters who took more than two hours to put out the blaze said they used fans to keep smoke out of the operating room.
Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in recent weeks in the capital, Baghdad, and across the Shiite south, demanding sweeping political change. The protesters complain of widespread corruption, a lack of job opportunities and poor basic services, with regular power cuts despite the country's vast oil reserves.
During the meeting, which took place in Qasr Al Bahr, President Sheikh Mohamed welcomed the Emirati diplomats and highlighted the critical role they play in showcasing the UAE and its values abroad.
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