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At least twenty-two (22) dead and several dozen injured recorded in the explosion of a hotel in Cuba 

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A strong explosion took place this Friday, May 6 at the Saratoga hotel in Havana, Cuba, where at least twenty-two people were killed and around eighty others were injured. This accident would have been produced due to a gas leak, according to the presidency. 

The iconic Saratoga hotel, located in the center of the Cuban capital, was hit by a violent explosion on the afternoon of Friday, May 6, 2022. This old 96-room establishment, which had been closed to tourists for several weeks, was in full restoration and was preparing to reopen its doors very soon. The victims of this tragedy were mainly the workers who were making the final preparations for the reopening. 

"The workers were doing repairs and doing all the work to open the property and in the morning they were replenishing the gas and it seems that an accident caused an explosion," said Roberto Enrique Calzadilla, a representative of the military society on state television. 

The Cuban President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, who went to the scene shortly after, in a short statement, wanted to reassure the population who had panicked about a possibility of a terrorist attack following this drama. "It was neither a bomb nor an attack, it was a regrettable accident", declared the Cuban head of state, thus wanting to put an end to the rumors on social networks which evoked the possibility of an attack on the bomb. 

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The building that currently houses Saratoga was built in 1880 to house shops, before it was transformed into a hotel in 1933. Since 2005, after renovation, Saratoga de Havana has become a luxury hotel in Cuba and home, each year, a large number of world famous tourists. 

WRITER: Jacky Chery 

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Jacky Chery
Student in Social Communication and Legal Sciences at UEH, also Journalist-editor at Netalkole Media. A passion for writing and reading.