TEL AVIV (Dispatches) -- A major fire broke out at an oil refinery in the occupied city of Haifa on Saturday. The blaze, which the authorities blamed on a technical malfunction, was put out, but production at the facility has reportedly been stopped.
Some reports cited cyberattack as the cause of the incident, but the Zionist regime imposed a media blackout and mainstream Western media which has a habit of reporting extensively on similar events kept an eerie silence.
The fire reportedly started at the Bazan oil refineries in the northern port city of Haifa late on Friday. Footage circulating online showed flames and a large plume of smoke coming from the installation.
It was not immediately clear what damage the facility suffered, but its operations were stopped and its supply of fuel was halted, local media reported.
The Zionist regime’s so-called environment protection ministry claimed that the fire was caused by a "damaged pipe” in the continuous catalytic reforming system. Local media reports, however, suggested the fire started after a control valve at the facility had broken. The discrepancy was not explained.
The fire occurred just days after an executive committee, established by the Zionist regime, recommended dismantling Bazan’s petrochemical plants in Haifa "as soon as possible, and within no more than a decade.” Haifa, a major industrial hub, remains one of the most polluted cities in Occupied Palestine and its petrochemical installations are believed to be the main culprits.
The occupying regime of Israel is still reeling from the explosion of a missile near its secretive Dimona nuclear reactor late last month.
The regime’s vaunted air defenses failed to intercept a missile fired from Syria that traversed 125 miles of its highly protected airspace and landed around 20 miles short of the Dimona site, in Negev desert.
The incident happened only weeks after Israel said it had upgraded Iron Dome, amid fears in the regime over the increasing military prowess of anti-Zionist resistance groups in Lebanon and the blockaded Gaza Strip.
It also came after a large explosion occurred at a rocket factory owned by the occupying regime of Israel in central Occupied Palestine.
The blast sent up a massive
plume of fire and smoke outside the central town of Ramle, which could be seen from miles away. The explosion took place at the Tomer military firm, which manufactures propulsion systems for a variety of rockets and missiles.
Videos of the blast were widely shared on social media, prompting speculation that that it was the result of a malfunction or sabotage, especially in light of ongoing tensions between the Zionist regime and Iran.
The Zionist military contractor claimed that the images were misleading and that it was a deliberate explosion as part of a trial, prompting ridicule among many observers.