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      Two Dead in Akko Gas Tank Explosion

      Two killed and ten others injured in an explosion in a residential building in Akko.
      By Elad Benari
      First Publish: 2/17/2014, 2:35 AM / Last Update: 2/17/2014, 5:09 AM

      Two people were killed and ten others were injured in an explosion in a residential building in the old city of Akko on Sunday night.

      Magen David Adom said that two victims were in serious condition, one in moderate condition, and seven in light condition. They were evacuated by ambulance to the hospital in Nahariya and to the Rambam Hospital in Haifa.

      It is believed that the explosion was caused by a gas tank. Part of the building collapsed as a result of the blast, and at least 10 people were trapped inside. Paramedics were able to communicate with those trapped in the building.

      In a similar incident last month, a couple and their two-year-old baby were killed in a gas tank explosion in Jerusalem.

      The blast occurred on the third floor of a four storey building in the city’s Gilo neighborhood.

      A similar incident in Netanya killed four people and wounded 88 in June of 2011.