Turkey offers condolences to Italy following gas explosion in Sicily

Turkey offered its condolences after a powerful gas explosion on Saturday in the Sicilian village of Ravanusa left at least three dead and several injured, and six people remain missing.

Italian media reported that four houses collapsed and three more were damaged due to the explosion, which is believed to be caused by a gas leak.

The detonation caused the collapse of a four-story building, leaving several other buildings partially destroyed.

“It was sadly learned that several buildings collapsed or were damaged due to a natural gas explosion in the town of Ravanusa on the Italian island of Sicily and that search and rescue efforts are continuing,” Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Sunday.

“We extend our condolences to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives in this terrible incident, our best wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured and our condolences to the Italian government and people, friends and allies.”

Video footage from firefighters showed debris from a distance, mounds of dust and rubble, and fires flaring up repeatedly. Sniffer dogs were used to search for the missing and the dead, all of whom are believed to be from the same family.

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