Lebanese Red Cross, in a statement on its Twitter account, stated that a fuel tanker exploded in the Akkar region in the north of the country and 22 teams of the Red Cross tried to transport the dead and injured from the scene to the nearby hospitals.
Sharing the information that 20 people lost their lives and at least 7 people were injured according to the first determinations, the Red Cross later announced that the number of injured increased to 79.
The local press of the country reported that the Red Cross teams, as well as the army units, the Internal Security Forces of the Ministry of Interior, the civil defense teams and the residents of the region helped transport the dead and wounded in the incident that took place in the Et-Telil town of Akkar city.
Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, in a statement on his Twitter account, used the following statements:
“The Akkar massacre is not different from the massacre in Beirut Port. I wish God’s mercy on the martyrs and a speedy recovery to the injured. If there was a state that showed respect to people in both murders, the authorities would resign, from the President to the last person responsible for this negligence. The glass is overflowing. life and safety come first of all.”
Christian Free Patriotic Movement Chairman Gibran Basil shared on his Twitter account, “Tonight, our hearts are with the people of Akkar and Et-Telil. We commemorate the martyrs with mercy and wish the injured a speedy recovery.” made statements.
Fuel crisis in the country
In Lebanon, where the biggest economic crisis of the last 30 years was experienced, the state subsidized the daily consumption of approximately 12 million liters of fuel through the Central Bank.
In the written statement made by the Central Bank, it was stated that foreign currency loans to be provided for fuel, to be implemented as of August 12, would be calculated over the free exchange rate (black market) in the market instead of the official rate, and thus the fuel subsidy would be abolished.
It was also noted in the statement that the price of the fuel to be put on the market would be determined by the Ministry of Energy.
Almost all of the gas stations in the country kept the pumps off, as the Ministry of Energy maintained the old price despite the removal of the subsidy.
After the Central Bank’s decision to remove the subsidy for fuel, the Lebanese army raided the gas stations that kept the pumps off because new prices were not determined, and seized tens of thousands of liters of gasoline and diesel.
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