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N Macedonia march honors victims in COVID-19 hospital fire

People march in silence to honor the victims in the burned out makeshift hospital in North Macedonia's northwestern town of Tetovo, Saturday, Sept. 11...
Destroyed hospital equipment is left outside the burned out makeshift hospital in North Macedonia's northwestern town of Tetovo, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2...
Police officers guard the access to the burned out makeshift hospital, in North Macedonia's northwestern town of Tetovo, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. Hun...
Young men carry a wreath and flowers while marching in silence to honor the victims in the burned out makeshift hospital in North Macedonia's northwes...
A young man holds a rose during a march to honor the victims in the burned out makeshift hospital in North Macedonia's northwestern town of Tetovo, Sa...
People kneel to honor the victims of the fire, near the burned out makeshift hospital, in North Macedonia's northwestern town of Tetovo, Saturday, Sep...
Two women look on as people march in silence to honor the victims in the burned out makeshift hospital in North Macedonia's northwestern town of Tetov...
Women carry flowers to honor the victims in the burned out makeshift hospital in North Macedonia's northwestern town of Tetovo, Saturday, Sept. 11, 20...
Black ribbons are tied to the trees as people are gathering to honor the victims of the fire in a hospital, in North Macedonia's northwestern town of ...
People are gathering to honor the victims of the fire in a hospital, in North Macedonia's northwestern town of Tetovo, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. Hundr...
A group of men talk to the police to lay a wreath at the burned out makeshift hospital, in North Macedonia's northwestern town of Tetovo, Saturday, Se...
National flags lowered at half mast in honor of the victims in the burned out field hospital in western town of Tetovo, are pictured in front of the G...
People march in silence to honor the victims in the burned out makeshift hospital in North Macedonia's northwestern town of Tetovo, Saturday, Sept. 11...

People march in silence to honor the victims in the burned out makeshift hospital in North Macedonia's northwestern town of Tetovo, Saturday, Sept. 11...

Destroyed hospital equipment is left outside the burned out makeshift hospital in North Macedonia's northwestern town of Tetovo, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2...

Police officers guard the access to the burned out makeshift hospital, in North Macedonia's northwestern town of Tetovo, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. Hun...

Young men carry a wreath and flowers while marching in silence to honor the victims in the burned out makeshift hospital in North Macedonia's northwes...

A young man holds a rose during a march to honor the victims in the burned out makeshift hospital in North Macedonia's northwestern town of Tetovo, Sa...

People kneel to honor the victims of the fire, near the burned out makeshift hospital, in North Macedonia's northwestern town of Tetovo, Saturday, Sep...

Two women look on as people march in silence to honor the victims in the burned out makeshift hospital in North Macedonia's northwestern town of Tetov...

Women carry flowers to honor the victims in the burned out makeshift hospital in North Macedonia's northwestern town of Tetovo, Saturday, Sept. 11, 20...

Black ribbons are tied to the trees as people are gathering to honor the victims of the fire in a hospital, in North Macedonia's northwestern town of ...

People are gathering to honor the victims of the fire in a hospital, in North Macedonia's northwestern town of Tetovo, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. Hundr...

A group of men talk to the police to lay a wreath at the burned out makeshift hospital, in North Macedonia's northwestern town of Tetovo, Saturday, Se...

National flags lowered at half mast in honor of the victims in the burned out field hospital in western town of Tetovo, are pictured in front of the G...

People march in silence to honor the victims in the burned out makeshift hospital in North Macedonia's northwestern town of Tetovo, Saturday, Sept. 11...

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Hundreds of people marched Saturday in a North Macedonia town to honor the 14 people killed in a fire at a COVID-19 field hospital earlier this week.

People marched in silence through central Tetovo and kneeled in front of the destroyed hospital. They also placed a wreath and flowers at the site.

The fire broke out late Wednesday, destroying the facility within a few minutes, killing 12 patients and two visiting relatives. Twelve people were also injured. The blaze is believed to have started by accident, although an investigation is still underway.

Nineteen field hospitals, funded by a World Bank loan, have been set up across North Macedonia over the past year to tackle surging coronavirus hospitalizations and a shortage of hospital beds.

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Updated : 2021-09-21 20:39 GMT+08:00