Baghdad, Aug 10:

At least 20 newborn babies were killed on Wednesday in a fire at a hospital in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, a police source said.


The accident occurred when a fire broke out in the maternity wards of Yarmouk Hospital, the source told Xinhua news agency.

The children died of suffocation in the wards, the source said.

The accident was being investigated, but initial reports said it was caused by electrical contact, the source said. (IANS)