A massive explosion rocked a residential neighborhood in the coastal city of Ashdod on Tuesday, leaving two people seriously injured.
Police said a car exploded in the parking lot of a building on the corner of Mount Hermon and Kinneret streets. The massive blast caused other vehicles to go up in flames, damaging the building and sending up plumes of smoke.
The Magen David Adom ambulance service said it had taken two men to the hospital. Fire and smoke initially hampered rescue workers’ search for victims, but after firefighters extinguished the flames they confirmed there were no further casualties.
The two, were taken to Assuta medical center. One man, 45, was in stable but serious condition and another, 48, was in moderate condition.
Police suspect the blast was an attack by an organized crime gang. The two victims were local criminals, known to police.
The blast occurred very close to a high school.