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One dead, 3 injured in gas canister explosion in Gaza City

Feb. 3, 2010 1:25 P.M. (Updated: May 29, 2010 4:36 P.M.)
Gaza – Ma'an – The explosion of a cooking gas cylinder in a Gaza City home on Wednesday killed one man and injured four others in the third home-heating accident in Gaza in the past two weeks.

The canister, used for supplying stoves with gas for cooking and home heating devices in the winter, was on the first floor of the home. The force of the explosion displaced the canister, and police were not immediately sure what caused the explosion.

Civil defense forces rushed to the home of Ali Al-Ghafry in the As-Sahaba neighborhood of Gaza City, and found the charred body of one man, and delivered a critically injured woman to the Ash-Shifa Hospital along with three other family members.

Eyewitnesses told Ma'an ambulances and civil defense rushed to the place.

At the end of January, a home fire killed one when a generator malfunctioned, and three children were killed earlier in the month when a generator stored in a home poisoned their room with carbon monoxide gas.

As the cold winter weather continues to hit the Strip and fuel scarcity extends blackouts and drives the purchase of unregulated fuel from the smuggling tunnels, the number of accidents related to power generation and heating have continued to rise.

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