Turkish, Palestinian workers killed in explosion in Israeli metal plant

Source: Xinhua| 2020-11-17 19:57:16|Editor: huaxia

JERUSALEM, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- A total of two workers, one Turkish national and one Palestinian, were killed in an explosion at a metal plant in southern Israel on Tuesday, the Israeli police said.

The incident took place at Shaul Guetta Ltd., a plant for metal recycling in the Israeli city of Ashdod.

The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear, and "an investigation ... is still continuing," Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said in a statement.

A third person was injured in the incident, Rosenfeld added.

Yoram Sofer, commander of the Southern District, later told the Hebrew-language Ha'aretz newspaper that a preliminary probe shows the explosion "was most likely a work accident."

The plant's owner was detained for questioning hours after the incident.

Local media reported that the plant has a history of safety issues.

"Initial investigation shows that the factory has not had a business license since 2017 as a result of safety deficiencies," Hezi Schwartzman, head of the labor ministry's safety administration, told Ynet news site. Enditem