Saudi Arabia pledges to revamp fire-ravaged Baghdad hospital

Cairo: Saudi Arabia has said it will finance the rehabilitation of an Iraqi hospital that was hit by a deadly fire last month.

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Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz has ordered the kingdom’s donation for rehabilitating the Ibn Al Khatib Hospital as a gift to the Iraqi people, the Saudi news agency SPA reported.

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“The kingdom announces receiving acute cases to get medical treatment at its hospitals at the cost of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques [the Saudi King],” the agency added, quoting the Saudi embassy in Baghdad. The gesture reflects “bonds of fraternity, good neighbourliness and historical relations between the two brotherly countries and people,” it added.

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On April 24, the Ibn Al Khatib, where coronavirus patients were treated, was ravaged by a blaze that left at least 80 people dead, prompting the Iraqi health minister to resign.

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Victims were on ventilators when oxygen cylinders exploded, sparking the fire, according to local media.

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