Two Dead Following Factory Explosion in Israeli Port City, Work Accident Suspected

One more injured, search to find more workers from the factory is ongoing, said Magen David Adom paramedics after explosion in Ashdod factory

Almog Ben Zikri
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Police secure the area of the explosion in Ashdod, November 17, 2020
Police secure the area of the explosion in Ashdod, November 17, 2020Credit: Israel Police Spokesperson
Almog Ben Zikri
Almog Ben Zikri

Two people were killed Tuesday morning in an explosion at a metal recycling factory in Ashdod, which authorities suspect was caused by a work accident.

Police said the two workers who were killed were a Turkish citizen and a Palestinian.

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Another person was moderately injured in the explosion at the Shaul Gueta Ltd., and was evacuated to Assuta hospital, while another injured person went to hospital of their own accord.

Israeli paramedics from Magen David Adom, Matan Cohen and Michael Erlichman, said they had found two men in their forties who were unconscious and without a pulse. "After a medical examination, we were forced to declare their deaths," the paramedics said.

The paramedics added that they had treated another man, 35, at the scene for an injury to his leg. "We put him on an ambulance and urgently evacuated him to the hospital while administering life saving treatment. He was in moderate condition, and was subsequently anesthesized," they said.

The search to find more workers in the factory during the incident is ongoing, the paramedics added.