Iraqi health minister resigns over deadly hospital fire


Cairo: The Iraqi health minister resigned on Tuesday over a fire that killed 82 people at a COVID-19 virus hospital in Baghdad.

“The prime minister accepted the letter of resignation submitted by Health and Environment Minister Hassan al-Tamimi,” a press statement read.

A committee that investigated the April 24 fire, caused by the explosion of an oxygen tank, recommended on Tuesday that suspension be lifted from the health minister and the Baghdad mayor.

A source in the know told Sputnik that al-Tamimi had handed his resignation in at a cabinet meeting, saying he would stick to his decision to step down.

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