October 25, 2021

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At least 20 people have been killed in a tank truck explosion in Lebanon

At least twenty people have been killed in a tanker explosion in the northern Lebanese Aqar region that has been reported from Saturday, August 14 to Sunday, August 15. Red Cross Society on TwitterAt least 79 people were injured and taken to local hospitals. The origin of the explosion was not immediately known.

According to witnesses, about 200 people were at the scene at the time of the explosion.

“The Accar massacre is no different from the port massacre [de Beyrouth] , Said on Twitter Former Lebanese Prime Minister Chad Hariri, Citing an explosion on August 4, 2020 that killed more than 200 people, injured thousands and devastated entire parts of the Lebanese capital.

Zebran Basil, the son-in-law of President Michael Aun, the leader of Lebanon’s main Christian party, the Freedom Patriotic Movement, wrote on Twitter. “Our hearts are with the Altal and Akkar families this evening”.

Fuel shortage

Lebanon, facing a very severe economic crisis, has been facing fuel shortages for months, affecting the supply of basic goods. Protesters blocked several roads across the country on Thursday, the day after Ban Ki-moon’s decision to scrap fuel subsidies.

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The army stopped at gas stations on Saturday, where endless queues formed. Local media reported that fuel delivery trucks were attacked by angry citizens in some areas. The military says it has seized thousands of gallons and gallons of diesel set aside by distributors.

Le Monde with AFP and Reuters