AA / Beirut
An official in the Lebanese Ministry of Health announced on Sunday that the number of victims of the tanker explosion in the town of al-Talil in the Akkar district (North) had risen to 28.
According to a statement given to Anadolu Agency, the same source, who requested anonymity because she was not authorized to speak to the media, said that the death toll of victims who fell as a result of the explosion had weighed down to 28.
The Health Ministry said earlier today that at least 22 dead and 79 injured had been reported, according to an initial official report.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun called, in this context, for the holding of an extraordinary meeting of the Supreme Defense Council, at the Baabda presidential palace, to discuss the repercussions of the explosion of the tanker truck, which occurred on the night of Saturday to Sunday, in the town of Al-Talil in the district of Akkar, in the north of the country.
The Lebanese army, for its part, announced the arrest of the son of the owner of the land where the tanker had exploded, on Saturday night, in the town of al-Talil in the Akkar district, in the north of the country.
The explosion occurred in a hidden tank containing thousands of liters of fuel, discovered by a group of young people. Locals rushed to the scene to refuel, according to local media.
Since Saturday, a significant security deployment has been observed at gas stations in several Lebanese regions, whose owners hide the fuels for speculative purposes in order to sell them at high prices.
Due to an acute economic crisis, Lebanon has been experiencing a shortage of fuel, medicine and other basic items for months.
* Translated from Arabic by Malèk Jomni
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