11 newborn babies killed in Baghdad hospital fire

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Eleven newborn babies died after an electrical fire ravaged the maternity ward of a Baghdad hospital Wednesday morning, Iraqi officials said.

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More than 25 others, infants and women, were also injured in the blaze at Yarmouk Hospital, the New York Times reported. The fire was sparked after an oxygen bottle exploded sometime after midnight, according to the Times.

The babies who were killed were in a ward designated for premature infants, Iraqi Ministry of Health spokesman Dr. Ahmed al-Rudaini told the Times.

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Burnt incubators stand outside a maternity ward after a fire broke out at Yarmouk hospital in Baghdad, Iraq, August 10, 2016. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
Burnt incubators stand outside a maternity ward after a fire broke out at Yarmouk hospital in Baghdad, Iraq, August 10, 2016. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
Burnt incubators stand outside Yarmuk hospital in west Baghdad on August 10, 2016 after an overnight fire tore through the maternity ward, killing at least 11 premature babies, medical and security sources said. / AFP / SABAH ARAR (Photo credit should read SABAH ARAR/AFP/Getty Images)
An Iraqi security officer gestures outside Yarmuk hospital in west Baghdad on August 10, 2016 after an overnight fire tore through the maternity ward, killing at least 11 premature babies, medical and security sources said. / AFP / SABAH ARAR (Photo credit should read SABAH ARAR/AFP/Getty Images)
People stand outside a maternity ward after a fire broke out at Yarmouk hospital in Baghdad, Iraq, August 10, 2016. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
An Iraqi woman stands in front of a maternity ward after a fire broke out at Yarmouk hospital in Baghdad, Iraq, August 10, 2016. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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