Iran hit by new fire that destroys shipyard

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A screen grab taken from a from Iranian State TV IRIB on July 15, 2020, shows firefighters combatting a blaze at the Delvar Kashti Bushehr boat factory in the Iranian city of Bushehr. (AFP)
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A screen grab taken from a from Iranian State TV IRIB on July 15, 2020, shows firefighters combatting a blaze at the Delvar Kashti Bushehr boat factory in the Iranian city of Bushehr. (AFP)
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Updated 15 July 2020

Iran hit by new fire that destroys shipyard

  • Five to seven vessels were damaged by the blaze
  • The incident is the latest in a string of fires and explosions at military and civilian sites across Iran in recent weeks

TEHRAN: A fire broke out Wednesday at an Iranian shipyard in the southwestern port of Bushehr, damaging several vessels under construction without causing any casualties, local media reported.
"An extensive fire has engulfed Delvar Kashti Bushehr boat factory," with thick smoke covering the area south of Bushehr city, state television IRIB reported.
Five to seven vessels were damaged by the blaze, the cause of which was unknown, Bushehr government official Jahangir Dehghani was quoted as saying by the semi-official ISNA news agency.
Video footage on IRIB's website showed a fire truck and several men dousing smouldering vessels which appeared to be fishing boats.
Iran's only nuclear power plant is located about 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Bushehr.


The incident is the latest in a string of fires and explosions at military and civilian sites across Iran in recent weeks.
Two explosions rocked the capital Tehran in late June, one near a military site and the other in a health centre, the latter killing 19 people.
Fires or blasts also hit a factory south of the city last week, leaving two people dead, and the Natanz nuclear complex, about 250 kilometres south of Tehran.
Iranian authorities called the Natanz fire an "accident" without elaborating and later said they would not reveal the cause, citing "security reasons".
The string of fires and explosions have prompted speculation in Iran that they may be the result of sabotage by arch enemy Israeli.
The Jewish state accuses the Islamic Republic of seeking to acquire a nuclear bomb while Tehran insists its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful.


Whole of Iran on coronavirus red alert due to rise in deaths: Health official

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Whole of Iran on coronavirus red alert due to rise in deaths: Health official

TEHRAN: A senior Iranian health official has declared a coronavirus red alert covering the entire country as daily deaths and cases increase at an alarming rate, Iranian state TV reported on Friday.
Iran, one of the Middle Eastern countries hardest hit by the pandemic, has been divided up into white, orange/yellow and red regions based on the number of infections and deaths.
The death toll rose by 144 to 23,952 on Friday, while the total number of identified cases spiked by 3,049 to 416,198, health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on television.
“The color classification doesn’t make sense anymore. We no longer have orange and yellow. The entire country is red,” deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi said on television.
“If the current course continues, the death toll will reach 45,000,” he added, without giving a time frame.
In the northwestern city of Tabriz, for instance, the number of hospitalized patients had jumped from under 40 a day to 160, and in the Shi’ite Muslim holy city of Qom it had increased from 10 a day to 160, Harirchi said, again without providing a time period for the increases.
He said only a 95% use of masks and a 50% fall in gatherings could reduce the death toll.