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Gas explosion kills 4 in Israel

By the CNN Wire Staff
A victim is taken to the hospital after a gas canister exploded in a building in Netanya, Israel, on Thursday.
A victim is taken to the hospital after a gas canister exploded in a building in Netanya, Israel, on Thursday.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The explosion was not a terrorist attack, police say
  • 55 are injured in Netanya, north of Tel Aviv, ambulance services say
  • The top floor of a four-story storage building collapsed, Channel 2 reports
RELATED TOPICS
  • Netanya
  • Israel
  • Tel Aviv

Jerusalem (CNN) -- Four people were killed and 55 injured about midnight Thursday when a gas canister exploded in a restaurant in Netanya, north of Tel Aviv, sources with Israeli ambulance services said.

The explosion was not the result of a terrorist attack, police said.

The top floor of the four-story storage building collapsed, CNN affiliate Channel 2 reported.

Police were searching the building to ensure that everyone had been accounted for. Some people were being evacuated with a crane, Minister of Police Yitzhak Aronovich said.

CNN's Waffa Munayyer, Izzy Lemberg and Anisha Bhandari contributed to this report.

 
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