Fuel tanker explodes in Lebanon’s Akkar, at least 20 killed

Lebanese Red Cross says its teams have transported 20 dead bodies and seven injured people to hospitals in Akkar.

The explosion occurred early on Sunday and videos shared on social media showed a large fire at the blast site.

“Our teams have transported 20 dead bodies and more than 7 injured from the fuel tanker explosion in #AKKAR to hospitals in the area,” the Lebanese Red Cross said on Twitter.

Lebanon is currently experiencing a severe fuel shortage and the past week has seen multiple incidents of tankers being hijacked.

Hospitals have warned that they are low on fuel and may be forced to shut down.

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.”

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES

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