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A view of Indian Coffee House damage this morning.

One injured in gas explosion at Indian Coffee House in Qatar

The restaurant has been temporarily closed and is expected to reopen within the week after the glass panes are replaced and the kitchen is repaired, a senior management official told Doha News. Continue Reading →

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Al Khor petrol station closes indefinitely after gas tank explosion

No one was injured in the blast, which took place early Saturday morning. However, several shop windows were blown out from the force of the explosion, which originated from an underground gas tank. Continue Reading →

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Two people slightly injured in early-morning explosion at Hilton Doha

Two contractors working on the hotel site were admitted to the hospital following the blast, which occurred at around 1:45am on Wednesday morning. Continue Reading →

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“They are a time bomb,” CMC chairman says about unsafe gas stations

Saud bin Abdullah al Hanzab, chairman of the Central Municipal Council (CMC), speaks about the weekend blast at Al Andalus Petrol Station on C Ring Road. Continue Reading →

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Apparent explosion at petrol station causes ground collapse

(Updates at bottom include MOI comments and details of two student journalists getting arrested for filming at the scene.)
What appears to have been an underground explosion at the Al Andalus petrol station on C-ring road caused the ground to collapse there just before 1pm, according to witnesses. Gazanfarulla Khan, reporting at the scene, told Doha News by phone that there was no fire, and emergency responders had arrived within minutes. 

Khan had pulled into the station to get gas, and heard a loud bang, seeing a manhole blow off its cover right in front of him. He said he saw at least three cars that had fallen into the hole created by the blast, but no one there appeared to be injured. Other witnesses said they heard a loud bang before the ground gave way suddenly. Across the street, Saif Alkadhi said he could feel the reverb of the blast:

@acepilotkhan @dohanews @iloveqatar it must be the underground fuel storage, i live across and our doors shook. — Saif Alkadhi (@salkadhi)
September 28, 2013

Police pushed onlookers back from the site and diverted traffic on the crossroad, Ali bin Abi Talib St. Continue Reading →

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A gas cylinder exploded at the Al Katim Restaurant, injuring 10 people and apparently gutting the restaurant near Midmac Roundabout on Salwa Road this afternoon, Qatar’s Ministry of Interior confirms.
The ministry said Civil Defense brought the fire under control quickly, and that the injuries sustained by patrons were relatively minor, although the damage to the restaurant appeared to be substantive. UPDATES | Friday, Mar. 8
Al Arab newspaper cites Brigadier Abdullah Mohammed Al Suwaidi, director general of Civil Defense, as saying the injuries were a result of flying glass fragments from the explosion, and that most of those who were wounded have been treated and released from Hamad Hospital. The Peninsula newspaper, however, reports that there were three serious injuries:

Eight of the 10 injured remain admitted at Hamad General Hospital. The three who sustained severe injuries were shifted to the intensive care unit in the trauma section, according to hospital sources. Continue Reading →

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Tugboat fire off of Qatar’s coast kills seven, injures four

UPDATE – May 9, 2012:
The cause of the fire was the explosion of a butane torch, the Jakarta Globe reports. Four of the seven killed were Indonesians, whose remains have been flown home to be buried. Nakilat Svitzer, a contractor for QP who owned the tugboat, is covering “all costs,” the report said. —-
Seven people died and four others were injured in a fire on a tugboat some 30 to 35km off Qatar’s northern coast late Sunday afternoon, Qatar Petroleum has said. The explosion took place about 25 nautical miles from QP-administrated Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar’s main site for production of liquefied natural gas and gas-to-liquid. QP said the cause of the fire is under investigation, while local media attributed it to the explosion of a fuel tank during routine maintenance work. Continue Reading →

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