At least 22 people were killed in an explosion at a hotel in Havana

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At least 22 people were killed in the aftermath of the explosion that hit the Saratoga Hotel, a five-star hotel in central Havana, the capital of Cuba. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who went there, said the explosion was caused by a gas leak, which may have occurred while refueling with LPG from a tanker truck parked outside the hotel. There are at least 60 injured and searches for people who may have remained under the rubble after the explosion are still going on.

The first photos available show that the hotel, of nearly 100 rooms, was badly damaged and most of its outer walls destroyed. The Saratoga Hotel opened in the 1930s, inside a building that was built nearly fifty years ago. It was renovated in 2005 and closed at the time of the explosion, although work is underway to reopen, scheduled to reopen in the next few days after two years of being closed due to the pandemic.

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