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Cuba expresses condolences to Iraq over accident in hospital

Havana, Apr 26 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Monday expressed his condolences to the people and Government of Iraq due to an accident in the Ibn al Jatib Hospital.

On his Twitter account, the head of Cuban diplomacy sent a message to the relatives and close friends of more than 80 people who died and 112 persons who were injured in a fire on Sunday.

According to reports from the Interior Ministry, the fire broke out at dawn in the intensive care unit of the hospital, after the explosion of poorly-stored oxygen cylinders.

The fire spread rapidly throughout the facility, which was providing health care to Covid-19 patients.

Iraqi President Barham Salih said on social networks that the accident resulted from year of erosion in state institutions due to corruption and bad management.