19 dead after gas explosion at Iranian medical clinic

Clay Curtis
July 1, 2020

Newsweek reporter Tom O'Connor tweeted: "Following reports of an explosion at northern Tehran, Iran's Tajrish Metro Station".

Television pictures showed plumes of smoke billowing in the sky.

Zillay Shah tweeted: "The cause of explosion is still not known".

An explosion and fire in a medical facility in the north of the Iranian capital killed 18 people, according to Press TV.

"The death of 13 people has been confirmed".

Semi-official Iranian news agency ISNA has also reported on the explosions, without citing any additional information.

Fifteen of the dead were women state television reported

Authorities offered no immediate cause for the blaze, but Peyman Saberian, head of Tehran's emergency services, said the accident was probably caused by a gas capsule explosion.

Some of the victims "were in upper floors, in operation rooms - who were either patients being operated on or those with them", Tehran fire department spokesman Jalal Maleki was quoted as saying by state media.

Left: Fire and smoke rise from the building, shown in footage recorded from a near-by building of the explosion in Tehran on June 30, 2020.

The incident follows an explosion last week near a military site on the outskirts of Tehran that officials blamed on a gas tank.

Hamidreza Goudarzi, deputy Tehran governor, told state TV that a leak from medical gas tanks in the building was the cause of the explosion and fire.

However, there was also speculation that it was an accident at a defence site belonging to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

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