Blast at Lebanese dentist surgery leaves seven injured in Tyre

Blast at Lebanese dentist surgery leaves seven injured in Tyre
The blast at a Tyre dentist's surgery is one of several explosions to rock Lebanon in recent months, including the Beirut port explosion of August 2020.
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14 September, 2021
The blast occurred in Tyre, an ancient city in Lebanon [Getty]

A power generator blew up at a Lebanese dentist's surgery on Monday, wounding seven people, some seriously, according to reports.

The clinic was situated on the second floor of a five-storey residential apartment block in Tyre, according to witnesses, when a generator blew up, according to the Anadolu Agency news outlet.

The explosion is the latest of several blasts in recent months.

It was not clear whether the generator belonged to the dentist's surgery or to the building as a whole.

A nurse and a dentist are among the injured, the sources added.

A blaze caused by the explosion was put out by firefighters who raced to the building.

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The Lebanese police force has launched an inquiry into the incident.

A series of explosions in Lebanon have raised concerns about public safety.

In August 2020 a blast at Beirut's port killed more than 200 people.

Last month, a fuel tanker blew up in the Akkar district resulting in at least 20 dead.

Power generators are common throughout Lebanon due to a severe fuel drought currently.

Fuel shortages have lasted many months and led to constant blackouts as the Lebanese economy remains in meltdown.

The religious and ethnically diverse nation has experienced hyperinflation and the tumbling of the Lebanese pound by over 90 percent of its black-market worth versus the dollar, compared to its rate in October 2019.

As this hardship continues, the Lebanese Shia party Hezbollah has organised for Iranian fuel to be brought into the country.

Its leader, Hassan Nasrallah, on Monday, claimed that the first lot will reach the Hezbollah stronghold of the Beqaa Valley by Thursday.