At least 7 dead in gas station explosion near Lebanese capital

15:45, June 07, 2011      

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Medical staffs send an injured person to the ambulance after an explosion at a gas station near Beirut, capital of Lebanon, June 6, 2011. At least seven people were killed and 15 wounded Monday when a fuel tank blew up at a gas station near Beirut, the state-run National News Agency said. (Xinhua/Koka)

At least seven people were killed and 10 wounded Monday when a fuel tank blew up at a gas station near the Lebanese capital of Beirut, the state-run National News Agency said.

The explosion occurred when the gas station workers were welding a tank, causing major damage to the surrounding area, including a huge fire and shattered glass in the nearby residential buildings.

The dead included the station owner and several foreign workers.

Ambulances rushed to the scene of the explosion, which was in the eastern suburbs of Beirut.

Source: Xinhua

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