Smoke rises from the site of a fuel truck explosion in northern Lebanon on Sunday
Smoke rises from the site of a fuel truck explosion in northern Lebanon on Sunday
Photo: AP
Aftermath of a fuel truck explosion in northern Lebanon on Sunday

Red Cross: At least 20 killed in Lebanon fuel tank explosion

Military and a security source say the Lebanese army seized a hidden fuel storage tank, and was in the midst of handing out gasoline to residents when the explosion took place; at least 79 people taken to hospital

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Published: 08.15.21, 09:00
At least 20 people were killed in a fuel tank explosion in Akkar in northern Lebanon, the Lebanese Red Cross said on its Twitter account early on Sunday.
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    Aftermath of a fuel truck explosion in northern Lebanon on Sunday
    Aftermath of a fuel truck explosion in northern Lebanon on Sunday
    Aftermath of a fuel truck explosion in northern Lebanon on Sunday
    (Photo: AP)
    Lebanon is suffering from a severe fuel shortage. Hospitals have warned that they are low on fuel and may be forced to shut down.
    A military and a security source said that the Lebanese army had seized a hidden fuel storage tank, and was in the midst of handing out gasoline to residents when the explosion took place. About 200 people were present nearby at the time of the explosion, eyewitnesses said.
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    Smoke rises from the site of a fuel truck explosion in northern Lebanon on Sunday
    Smoke rises from the site of a fuel truck explosion in northern Lebanon on Sunday
    Smoke rises from the site of a fuel truck explosion in northern Lebanon on Sunday
    (Photo: AP)
    The Red Cross said its teams were still searching the explosion site, sharing on Twitter a photo of several people walking around a large crater.
    "The Akkar massacre is no different from the port massacre," said former Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri on Twitter, referencing an explosion at Beirut's port one year ago, when a large amount of ammonium nitrate stored at the port ignited, causing a massive blast that killed hundreds and destroyed nearly half of Lebanon's capital. Hariri called on Lebanese officials, including the president to take responsibility and resign.
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    Destruction caused by an explosion in the Beirut port in August 2020
    (Photo: AFP)
    Hariri is the leading Sunni Muslim politician, the dominant religion in Lebanon's north, and has been in open opposition to Lebanese President Michel Aoun.Gebran Bassil, who heads the party founded by Aoun, wrote on Twitter that "our hearts are with families in Altalil and Akkar tonight."
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