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Explosion at Tunisian gas depot injures 35

19 March 2024

A fire and explosion at a gas depot near the Tunisian capital injured 35 people on 14 March. The incident happened at a facility operated by the National Oil Distribution Company (AGIL) within the Bradas Petroleum Zone, southeast of Tunis. Four of the injured remain in a critical condition.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

The incident occurred after a fire broke out at around 06:20 at the site. According to Tunisian news sites, the blaze broke out after a gas leak during the process of filling gas cylinders. Employees of AGIL, as well as the local fire department, rushed to the scene and managed to contain the blaze before it spread beyond the site.

Several AGIL employees were injured by the fire and a subsequent explosion and were rushed to hospital. Along with those injured by the incident, 25 others also required medical treatment after sustaining injuries while attempting to extinguish the fire.

Government officials said an investigation would be opened immediately and that all the injured would receive the best medical treatment available.

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