Rescue workers carry the body of a coal miner after he was pulled out from a mine in Azadshahr, in northern Iran, following an explosion leaving dozens of miners trapped on May 4, 2017. AFP / TASNIM NEWS / MOSTAFA HASSANZADEH
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Rescuers battled hazardous conditions Thursday at a coal mine in northern Iran where 22 miners died, as hopes faded of saving workmates trapped deep underground after an explosion.Hopes of finding 13 missing miners alive were dimming more than 28 hours after the blast Wednesday at the mine in Azadshahr in Golestan province, where three days of mourning were declared.The hope of finding the remaining miners alive "is now minimal," Sadegh-Ali Moghadam, emergencies director in Golestan, was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.He said the bodies of 21 victims were found at a depth of 600 meters and rescue teams had descended 1,400 meters into the tunnel where the blast happened.
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