In the capital of Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates and its tourist center Dubai, three people were killed and several others injured on Monday, police and local media said.
The Abu Dhabi government media bureau said two people were killed in the explosion in the capital, which the national daily reported struck the KFC and Hardees restaurants on Rashid bin Saeed Street in the city.
The road is also known as the main road to the airport, where the best aids to US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are expected to land on a historic journey between Israel and another Arab country.
Police said the Abu Dhabi incident also caused several minor and moderate injuries, and residents of the building and surrounding areas had been evacuated. The Abu Dhabi government media bureau said the explosion was caused by “misalignment of gas cylinder fittings after refueling”.
Photos posted on social and local media showed significant damage to the two restaurants, with a cloud of white smoke rising from the building’s ground floor.
In Dubai, one person was killed when a gas cylinder exploded in a restaurant early Monday, local media reported.
The Abu Dhabi-based newspaper The National quoted a spokesman for Dubai Civil Defense as saying the explosion in Dubai caused a fire that damaged the building’s ground floor. The fire was controlled within 33 minutes, it added.
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