File- Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends a press conference with his Russian counterpart (unseen) in the capital Cairo on December 11, 2017. KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images
CAIRO – 13 July 2021: President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi sent a telegram of condolences to the Prime Minister of Iraq Mustafa Al-Kadhimi for the victims of the fire that ripped through Al-Hussein Teaching Hospital in Dhi Qar city of Nasiriyah governorate, Iraq.
Text of the telegram:
"Your Excellency Mr. Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, Prime Minister of the sisterly Republic of Iraq ... I send, to your Excellency, my sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy for the loss of lives and injuries of dozens of people in a fire ripping through Al-Hussein Teaching Hospital in Dhi Qar Governorate in your sisterly country.
May Allah Almighty bestow His mercy upon the victims, inspire their families' patience and solace, and grant the injured a speedy recovery.
My brother, Your Excellency,
I wish you good health, and may the brotherly Iraqi people be saved from all harm and bad.
We surely belong to Allah, and to Him we shall return,
In a phone call with Iraqi President Barham Salih, President Sisi expressed the sincere condolences of the government and people of Egypt for the victims of the tragic accident.
A huge fire broke out in 20 caravans allocated for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) patients in the Imam Hussein Teaching Hospital on Monday, claiming the lives of 92 people and injured dozens.
Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council issued on Tuesday a warrant of arrest against 13 officials at Dhi Qar Health Department after an investigation launched into the incident.
Director of the Civil Defense Authority Kadhim Buhan told Al-Iraqiya, which affiliates with the Iraqi news agency, that there was an oxygen leakage before breaking out the fire. He added that other people still missing under the debris.
That incident brought to light widespread negligence and systemic mismanagement in Iraq’s hospitals.
It was the second a large fire killed coronavirus patients in an Iraqi hospital in only three months. At least 82 people died at Ibn al-Khateeb hospital in Baghdad in April, when an oxygen tank exploded, sparking the blaze.
After decades of war and sanctions, Iraq’s health sector has struggled to contain the virus. Over 17,000 people have died of the virus among 1.4 million confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic.