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Iran sympathizes with Italy over bridge collapse

Tehran, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi expressed sympathy with the Italian government, nation and families of victims over the collapse of a highway bridge near the port of Genoa.

A major section of a highway bridge in northern Italy partially collapsed on Tuesday, sending vehicles hurtling toward the earth and leaving 22 people dead.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said that 22 are dead and another 16 people were injured, nine of them in serious condition. Separately, the office of the Governor of the Liguria region said that 26 people have died.

In addition, 440 people have had to abandon their homes following the collapse of the bridge, the Mayor of Genoa's office said in a statement on Tuesday. The statement adds that 11 buildings had to be evacuated and the number of people and buildings evacuated could rise as risk assessments are ongoing.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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