Fire at clinic in Syria kills 27, mostly children: State media

People inspect the damage in the Maysalun clinic where a fire broke out after a fuel tank exploded on May 31, 2015 in the north-eastern city of Qamishli. The fire on Sunday killed 27 people, mostly children, and injured about 30 others, official medi
People inspect the damage in the Maysalun clinic where a fire broke out after a fuel tank exploded on May 31, 2015 in the north-eastern city of Qamishli. The fire on Sunday killed 27 people, mostly children, and injured about 30 others, official media said. -- PHOTO: AFP 

DAMASCUS (AFP) - A fire at a small clinic in north-east Syria on Sunday killed 27 people, mostly children, and injured about 30 others, official media said.

State news agency SANA, citing police, said dry branches had caught fire and the blaze spread to a fuel tank which exploded.

"At least 27 people were killed ... and at least 30 people are being treated for burns," it said, citing a doctor at the scene.

It said the clinic had also suffered "significant material damage".

State television said most of the victims of the blaze at the Maysalun clinic in the majority Kurdish city of Qamishli were children.

The city lies on the border with Turkey in Syria's northeastern province of Hasakeh.

Control of Qamishli is divided between Kurdish forces and regime troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

The city has been relatively spared from the violence of Syria's conflict, which has left more than 220,000 people dead since it began in March 2011 with anti-government demonstrations.