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Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Algeria: eight babies died in a maternity fire



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A fire broke out in the night from Monday to Tuesday in a maternity ward in El Oued, in northeastern Algeria, according to Algerian state television. The origin of this incident, which struck the mother-child hospital Bachir Bennacer, is still unknown.
According to a provisional report, eight infants died, "some burned and others asphyxiated by smoke," said a head of civil protection, Captain Nassim Bernaoui.
The whole establishment was evacuated. "We managed to save 11 infants, 107 women (...) and 28 employees," added Captain Bernaoui

Already a fire in May 2018

The fire broke out at 3:50 am (4h50 French time), according to the same official. Civil protection has mobilized dozens of trucks to overcome the fire that has been controlled.
According to Algerian television, Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui called for the urgent opening of an investigation and sent on the spot the Minister of Health Mohamed Miraoui.
This same establishment had been ravaged in May 2018 by a fire which had caused significant material damage but no human loss.
The Algerian Prime Minister expressed his condolences and those of the government to the families of the victims.

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