TEHRAN – A robust explosion at a clinic in northern Tehran killed a minimum of 19 folks on Tuesday, Iran’s semi-official ISNA information company reported.
The blast at Sina At’har well being heart brought about harm to buildings within the neighborhood and despatched a plume of thick black smoke into the evening sky, state tv reported.
“An explosion was reported at 20:56 (1626 GMT) adopted by a hearth at Sina At’har clinic. Medical models had been dispatched instantly,” Tehran’s emergency medical companies stated in an announcement.
“The loss of life of 13 folks has been confirmed. Six have additionally been injured and transferred” to a hospital, it added.
Tehran fireplace division spokesman Jalal Maleki additionally informed the company that firefighters recovered six extra who died after the blaze was extinguished round two hours later, elevating the toll to 19.
Fifteen of the lifeless had been girls, state tv stated.
In a TV interview, Maleki stated the explosion occurred as fuel canisters caught fireplace within the clinic’s basement.
Some of the victims “had been in higher flooring in operation rooms, who had been both sufferers being operated on or these with them,” he stated. “They sadly misplaced their lives as a result of warmth and thick smoke.”
The incident comes 4 days after an explosion close to a navy complicated rocked the Iranian capital.
It happened within the Parchin space within the southeast of Tehran resulting from “leaking fuel tanks,” Iran’s protection ministry stated on Friday, including there have been no casualties.
Parchin is a website suspected of getting hosted typical explosion exams relevant to nuclear energy, which the Islamic republic denies.
It had come underneath scrutiny from the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency in 2015.
Iran had refused the IAEA entry to the location due to the character of its work, however the company’s then-chief, the late Yukiya Amano, paid a go to there.