Two people were killed and another two were injured after an explosion occurred at a metal plant in an industrial area in Ashdod on Tuesday, November 17. Response operations are ongoing and searches are underway to ensure there are no other victims. The explosion was believed to have been caused by a gas leak, but this has not been confirmed.
Residual disruptions are expected in the area over the near term as response and recovery operations take place. Localized disruptions to transport and nearby businesses are likely.
Those in Ashdod are advised to monitor the situation, avoid the vicinity of the incident in the near term, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.