A fire in the maternity ward of a hospital in Baghdad killed at least 11 babies early Wednesday.
The Iraqi Health Ministry said the babies were in the pre-term birth unit in Yarmouk Hospital and died of suffocation.
A preliminary report provided by the Civil Defense indicates the fire was caused by an electrical short circuit.
Officials said twenty-nine women delivered babies at Yarmouk hospital Tuesday night. They were all transferred to other hospitals in the Iraqi capital.
Yarmouk, one of Baghdad’s main hospitals, is situated in the west of the city.
Amateur footage from the scene, circulated on social media, showed nervous families congregating outside the maternity ward.
Many held the government responsible for the fire.
Reuters news agency reported photos supposedly taken inside the Yarmouk Hospital showed cockroaches crawling out from between broken tiles, patients lying on stretchers in a courtyard, overflowing garbage bins and dirty toilets.
Hussein Omar, a 30-year-old builder, told the Associated Press feared that he had lost twins born last week.
Hospital officials reportedly told him to look for them at the other hospitals in Baghdad, but he wasn’t able to find them and was later told to go to the hospital mortuary.