What is known about the explosion that killed 22 people in Havana

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Hotel Saratoga is one of the most expensive and luxurious in Havana

At least 22 people were killed and 70 injured in a blast on Friday (06/05) at the Saratoga Hotel, one of the most expensive and luxurious in Havana, the capital of Cuba.

According to the Cuban government, 21 adults and one minor were among the dead. Another 13 people are reported missing. Rescue teams are continuing their search because other people could be trapped under rubble, according to the Granma newspaper, the official publication of the Cuban government.

According to the island’s presidency, “preliminary investigations indicate that the explosion was caused by a gas leak”.

Doctors and first responders told local media that the capital’s health system was working and that the injured, some of them children, had been taken to various hospitals, some in “critical condition” and in need of surgery.

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