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In a statement on Sunday, Saeed Khatibzadeh offered the Iranian government and nation’s deepest sympathy to the Iraqi government and people over the fatal incident, particularly to the families of victims.

At least 45 people were killed and many others injured in the fire on Saturday at a hospital in southeastern Baghdad that had been equipped to house COVID-19 patients.

The fire at the Ibn Khatib hospital in the Diyala Bridge area of the Iraqi capital occurred after an accident caused an oxygen tank to explode.

The Iraqi Human Rights Commission said 45 people died in the fire.

The head of Iraqi civil defense unit had said earlier that the fire broke out in the floor designated for the pulmonary intensive care unit and that 90 people had been rescued from the hospital out of 120.