Eight newborn babies, including a pair of twins, died Tuesday in a hospital fire in southeastern Algeria, according to local media.
The fire broke out in the maternity wing of the hospital in the town of El Oued Souf, 500 kilometers (360 miles) southwest of the capital Algiers.
Health Minister Mohamed Miraoui said the blaze had been caused by a short circuit in a mosquitoes repellent device. The minister has also suspended a number of local health officials in the town following the fire.
The hospital suffered a fire last May, but despite extensive damage there were no casualties.