AA / Beirut / Stéphanie Radhi-Wassim Seifeddine
A gigantic fire broke out on Monday in a Lebanese army fuel tank in an oil installation in the Al-Zahrani district, in southern Lebanon.
According to the correspondent of the Anadolu Agency, the fire started in a tank in the Al-Zahrani oil installation, without knowing the causes.
Firefighters were dispatched to the scene to contain the fire, according to the same source.
According to the Al-Jadid channel, the Lebanese army had asked citizens to leave the area after the fire broke out.
The accesses leading to the sector were also blocked.
For his part, the Lebanese Minister of Energy, Walid Fayyad, claimed that the army’s tank contained fuel. Fayyad made these details during a press conference, following his participation in a meeting in Beirut chaired by the head of government, Najib Mikati, in the presence of the governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon, Riadh Salamé, and the general manager of Electricité du Liban (EDL), Kamel Hayek.
The meeting was devoted to incessant power cuts and power supply problems, according to a statement from the presidency of the government.
“The fire has been contained and I have asked that a report be made on the circumstances of the fire and its causes so that such incidents can be avoided in the future,” said Fayyad.
Mikati dispatched the energy minister to the scene after the meeting to inquire about the situation, the statement said.
The company Electricité du Liban announced on Saturday that the Lebanese army had said it was ready to provide it with fuel, to partially restore the electricity supply, after a total cut, following the shutdown of two power plants. of energy production in the country.
Lebanon entered a total blackout on Saturday at noon, after the shutdown of the power stations of Al-Zahrani (south) and Deir Ammar (north) due to the fuel shortage, according to the local press.
* Translated from Arabic by Fatma Ben Dhaou
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