Gas explosion at medical clinic kills 19 in Iran

Cheryl Sanders
July 1, 2020

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

Thirteen died in the blast Tuesday evening at a clinic in the north of the capital, Tehran's attorney general, Ali Qasi Mehr, told state TV.

Videos on social media showed people gathered outside of the building.

State TV said there could be more explosions because there were a number of oxygen tanks remaining in the medical center.

Commenting on the incident, Jalal Maleki, the Tehran Fire Department spokesman, said as quoted by the Tasnim news agency that a fire had broken out in a medical clinic and firefighters have been sent to the scene.

Some of the victims 'were in upper floors in operation rooms, who were either patients being operated on or those with them, ' he said.

Video posted online appeared to show more than one explosion and thick black smoke rising from the flames.

Deputy governor of Tehran has told local media that a possible gas leak led to a fire and explosion. "They unfortunately lost their lives due to the heat and thick smoke". Reports say the fire has been extinguished.

The cause of that incident was also said by the authorities to have been a gas leak. No deaths or injuries were reported.

The explosion comes days after another blast close to a sensitive military site near Tehran last week.

Parchin is a site suspected of having hosted conventional explosion tests applicable to nuclear power, which the Islamic republic denies.

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