BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 A.M.) – An Iranian official revealed the cause of the explosion north of Tehran, which killed 13 people, and wounded others, indicating that a gas leak was behind the accident.

The Iranian Online News said that 13 people were killed and 6 others injured in an explosion at a medical facility north of the capital on Tuesday, referring to the statement of Hamid Reza Godarzi, the deputy governor of Tehran, to state television, that the explosion was caused by a gas leak.

Iranian sites said that the explosion occurred inside the Sina medical center on Shari’ati Street near the Tarshish area north of the capital,  noting that the explosion caused partial destruction in some of the neighboring buildings.

The head of the Iranian Emergency Center said: “The explosion occurred on the underground floor of the therapeutic center, while the authorities closed Shari’ati Street as a result of the explosions, while Tehran firefighters reported the possibility of renewed explosions due to the presence of oxygen capsules in the medical center.”

Earlier Tuesday, the Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA) reported that an explosion occurred in northern Tehran, while a video posted by the agency showed thick smoke billowing into the sky.

Last Thursday, the Iranian capital, Tehran, was rocked by a huge explosion, and media reports said it had occurred in a tunnel area with sensitive missile production facilities.

The Iranian Mehr News Agency, days after the accident, quoted the head of the Iranian Civil Defense Organization , Colonel Gholamreza Jalali, as saying that his country is still investigating whether the explosion was a result of the penetration of computer systems at the Parchin site.

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