Chlorine gas leak at plant sickens 70 in southeast Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A chlorine gas leak at a petrochemical center in southeast Iran sickened 70 workers, state-run IRNA news agency reported Saturday.

Most of the workers at the Karun petrochemical center in the city of Mahshahr in southeast Khuzestan province were released after undergoing treatment.

Meanwhile, in the town of Ahvaz, also in Khuzestan, a fire at the Zergan power plant was ignited when a transformer exploded, IRNA reported Saturday.

The blaze was contained by firefighters after two hours of battling the blaze.

Mohammad Hafezi, the energy plant’s safety and health manager, told IRNA the explanation for the fire was under investigation.

The two incidents in Iran’s oil-rich Khuzestan come after a fire and explosion at a centrifuge production plant above Iran’s underground Natanz nuclear enrichment facility early Thursday.

Officials said the explanation for the fire at Natanz is known to officials, but won’t be instantly released for “security reasons.”

On Tuesday, an explosion from the gas leak in a medical clinic in northern Tehran killed 19 people.

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