At least 20 killed after fuel tanker explodes in northern Lebanon, sparking fire (VIDEO)

Two dozen people have been killed and several more injured after a gas tanker erupted into flames in Lebanon’s northernmost Akkar region. Videos shared online show a massive blaze raging at the scene.

🔴 At least 10 people have been killed in the fuel tanker explosion in Tleil, #Lebanon pic.twitter.com/Y0fnZyM2dF

— Mete Sohtaoğlu (@metesohtaoglu) August 15, 2021

الاهالي يوجهون نداء الى كافة الاسعافات المتواجدة في #عكار التوجه الى مكان الانفجار في بلدة #التليل pic.twitter.com/6v4CYT3asC

— AlKhabar (@AlKhabarME) August 14, 2021

The Lebanese Red Cross reported that medics have uncovered bodies of 20 victims at the site of the blast. Seven people, injured as result of the explosion, have been taken to hospitals.

⚠️UPDATE⚠️: our teams have transported 20 dead bodies and more than 7 injured from the fuel tanker explosion in #AKKAR to hospitals in the area. pic.twitter.com/MgWdpC61Pn

— Lebanese Red Cross (@RedCrossLebanon) August 15, 2021

Twenty-two rescue squads have been dispatched to the scene of the explosion, which took place on Sunday morning in the Tleil area of Akkar region.

Country’s former prime minister Saad Hariri used the occasion to demand the resignation of Lebanese President Michel Aoun, drawing parallels between the Akkar explosion and the Beirut port disaster, which reduced the port and much of the city to rubble on August 4, 2020.

“Akkar massacre not unlike the [Beirut] Port massacre. May God have mercy on the martyrs and may they rest in peace,” Hariri tweeted, calling on all officials, responsible for what he described as negligence, to resign.

 “The lives and security of the Lebanese are a priority,” he added.

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Source:RT World News

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