'No chance' for trapped Iran miners

'No chance' for trapped Iran minersIranian officials said Friday there was “no chance” of saving nine coal miners trapped for the past two days after a tunnel collapse that has already claimed at least 26 lives. Toxic gases have filled much of the two-kilometre (mile) Zemestan Yort mine in northern Iran, and rescue workers face a painstaking effort to clear the fragile passage in which the remaining workers were trapped after a huge explosion. “There is no chance of workers being alive in the mine,” said Deputy Interior Minister Esmail Nadjar, quoted by the ILNA news agency.

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