Lebanon Explosion: Death Toll Rises to 28, 79 Injured in Tleil Fuel Tank Tragedy

Lebanon Explosion: Death Toll Rises to 28, 79 Injured in Tleil Fuel Tank Tragedy

Beirut, August 15: At least 28 people were killed and 79 others injured on Sunday early morning in a fuel tank explosion in the town of Tleil in Lebanon’s northern district of Akkar, the National News Agency reported. The Lebanese army said that the dead and the injured included army members and citizens.

Security sources were quoted by media outlets as saying that the explosion took place when the army was distributing fuel among citizens after having seized a fuel storage tank hidden by black marketeers in Akkar.

Sources added that about 200 people were nearby at the time of the explosion. Moreover, the Lebanese Red Cross announced earlier in the day that its teams were still searching the scene. Lebanon Explosion: At Least 20 Killed, Dozen Injured As Fuel Tank Explodes in Tleil.

The High Relief Committee urged all international organizations in Lebanon to provide medicines, serums and other materials needed to treat the severe burn cases of the injured in the explosion.

The committee’s Secretary-General Mohamad Kheir said that he has contacted officials in Turkey and Egypt to transfer some severe burn cases for treatment in these countries.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun expressed his deep sadness for the incident and held a meeting with the Higher Defense Council to discuss the latest developments. Lebanon, which is facing an unprecedented financial crisis, has been grappling with fuel shortages for months.

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