Baghdad maternity fire leaves 11 babies dead

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At least 11 babies died when a fire broke out in the maternity ward of a Baghdad hospital early Wednesday, the Iraqi Health Ministry said.

The babies were in the pre-term birth unit in Yarmouk Hospital and died of suffocation, said Ahmed al-Rdainy, a spokesman for the ministry.

A preliminary report provided by the Civil Defense indicates the fire was caused by an electrical short circuit.

Twenty-nine women delivered babies at the hospital on Tuesday night, the spokesman said. They were all transferred to other hospitals in Baghdad.

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