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  • Environmentalists protest over planned Israeli offshore gas plant

    03 September 2018

    Thousands of people attended a rally in Tel Aviv on September 1 to oppose plans for a gas processing facility to be built 10 kilometres from the Israeli coast. Environmentalists, local authorities and NGOs are waging a campaign to have the platform moved 125 kilometres off the coast, citing environmental and public health concerns....

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  • Three missing after explosion on board Indian oil tanker off Oman

    15 August 2018

    Three sailors are missing and one has suffered burn injuries after a blast on the oil tanker MT Desh Vaibhav on August 14, according to a statement from the vessel’s owner, Shipping Corporation of India. SCI said the vessel was off Oman and bound for Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates when the explosion occurred in one of its cargo tanks....

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  • Oil storage explosion in central Iran kills two

    24 July 2018

    An explosion at an Iranian oil storage facility in the central industrial zone of Khomein on July 20 killed two people and wounded another, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. An oil purifier unit in the Khomein facility caught fire around noon which caused a blast in which two people were killed, the deputy governor of Iran’s Markazi province told Tasnim....

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  • Egypt chemical depot blast injures 12

    13 July 2018

    Egyptian state news agency MENA said 12 people were taken to a hospital after an explosion at a storage facility belonging to a petrochemicals company outside Cairo airport on July 13. The  minister of civil aviation, Younis al-Masri, said air traffic at the airport was unaffected by the explosion....

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  • One killed, six injured in Iranian refinery fire

    02 July 2018

    An explosion and fire at the Abadan refinery and petrochemical complex on June 28 killed one and injured a further six, according to the Iranian news agency Tasnim. One of the injured is reported to be in critical condition. The Abadan refinery is Iran's oldest crude processing facility and is situated in the country’s oil-rich Khuzestan Province....

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Blast at Turkish explosives plant kills one 28 May 2018

A blast at a state-owned explosives factory in the Elmadag district on the outskirts of the Turkish capital Ankara killed one worker and injured four others, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on May 24....

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Cyber attack on Saudi chemical plant could have caused explosion 19 March 2018

A cyber attack against a petrochemical company in Saudi Arabia could have caused serious physical damage, according to news reports. The attack, which was detected last August, appears to have been designed to shut down safety controllers, which could have caused an explosion at the plant. In the event, the attack failed due to a flaw in the coding of the malware....

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Iranian oil tanker on fire in East China Sea - 32 crew missing 09 January 2018

On January 9, the stricken Iranian tanker Sanchi was still ablaze some 160 nautical miles off China’s coast near Shanghai three days after fire broke out on the vessel after a collision with a grain carrier. Strong winds, high waves and toxic gases are hindering dozens of rescue boats struggling to douse the flames and locate its missing crew. ...

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Malware targeting SIS industrial safety systems identified 20 December 2017

Cybersecurity specialist FireEye has given details of a cyber attack at a critical infrastructure organisation where the attacker deployed malware designed to manipulate industrial safety systems. The targeted systems provided emergency shutdown capability for industrial processes. The company said the attacker could be developing the capability to cause physical damage and shut down operations....

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Turkish textile factory explosion kills five, wounds 16 09 November 2017

A blast at a textile factory in northwestern Turkey killed five people and wounded 16 others on November 10, according to the country’s Ministry of Labour. The force of the explosion in the paint shop of the factory, in the Gursu district of the northwestern Bursa province, caused the roof to collapse and left extensive damage to nearby vehicles....

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