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Explosion at flats in Israeli city leaves three dead

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At least three people have died and 15 were injured after a gas leak sparked a huge explosion in the coastal Israeli city of Netanya, police say.

The blast, which caused parts of a four-storey building to collapse, occurred in the early hours of Friday.

The incident, reports said, took place at a block in a central square, damaging a restaurant located on the building's ground floor.

Officials said that they believed it had been caused by a gas canister.

There were conflicting reports on the state of the damaged building.

One witness quoted by a radio station said that residents had been buried beneath the rubble and that cranes were used to rescue them.

Rescue services contacted by Reuters said everyone had been freed.