Netanya Blast 465 2.
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Inspectors from the National Infrastructures Ministry raided a gas company in
Netanya and seized documents and computers as part of the investigation into the
gas explosion that claimed four lives on Friday morning, Channel 2 reported on
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A Netanya police spokesman said he could not comment on the
Police are still seeking to identify the exact cause of the
One man, a suspected metal thief, is under arrest for allegedly
causing the gas leak, while a gas technician was arrested for allegedly failing
to repair the leak on Thursday after being called to the four-story building on
Both men deny the suspicions against them.
will be brought to the Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court later this week or will be
released by police, depending on the results of the
Meanwhile, the Immigrant Absorption Ministry announced on
Sunday that it would provide emergency financial assistance to the 24 new
immigrants whose apartments and belongings were destroyed in the gas explosion,
and help the families of the three young women from France who were killed in
Rivka Mashid, 17, Rivka Dorai, 18, and Stacy Barook, 17, had
been distributing candles for Shabbat near the building when the blast took
They were killed along with a young man, Muhammad Abu Ata, from
Kafr Kara. Around 70 others were injured in the blast, which destroyed the large
A spokesman for the Immigrant Absorption Ministry said
that emergency aid was approved for those who had been injured and lost their
He said that while the majority of the immigrants were from
France, there were also olim living in the building from the former Soviet Union
On Sunday evening, Immigrant Absorption Minister Sofa
Landver visited the displaced immigrants.
Tamir Mintz, director of the
Homes and Buildings Association, said that “in hundreds of buildings today,
there may be gas cables missing, and tenants are unaware of the danger lurking
on their doorsteps,” Army Radio reported.
Mintz said that this year,
people stole from buildings metal cables worth tens of millions of shekels, and
these incidents can be more costly in human lives.
Based on estimates
from the association, periodic testing of emergency systems is not performed on
two-thirds of the buildings in the country.Jerusalem Post staff
contributed to this report