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The claim that the explosion in Lebanon ‘happened in the smuggled fuel depot stocked to be taken to Syria’

LebanonAccording to the news on the website of MTV, one of the local televisions of , in the Et-Telil town of Akkar city in the north. fuel tank It was reported that more than 200 people were in the area at the time of the explosion.

According to the information they obtained in the news, it was claimed that “the said warehouse was used for the fuel collected to be taken to Syria illegally”.

According to the news in the country’s official news agency NNA, after the raids launched by the army units on the closed fuel stations yesterday, the residents of the region came across that fuel was stocked in the said warehouse.

It was stated that after the army units left the region at night, there was a stampede between the citizens who wanted to buy the remaining gasoline in the warehouse and the explosion occurred.

Pointing out that there was a serious tension in the region, it was emphasized that the reason for the explosion would be determined after the investigation.

It was also stated in the news that search and rescue efforts continue in case there are still losses at the scene.

Ministry of Health: 22 dead

Health Minister Hamad Hasan announced that 22 people were killed and 79 injured in the explosion that occurred in the fuel tank in Akkar.

Lebanese Health Minister Hasan, in a statement on his Twitter account, called on all hospitals from the north to the capital Beirut to accept without hesitation those injured in the tragic incident in Akkar.

Underlining that the hospital expenses of the injured will be covered by the Ministry of Health, Hasan announced that all kinds of drugs and medical supplies in the pharmaceutical warehouses will be mobilized for the injured.

Lebanese Red Cross, in a statement on its Twitter account after the incident, stated that a fuel tanker exploded in the Akkar region and 22 teams affiliated with the Red Cross were trying to transport the dead and injured from the scene to the nearby hospitals. In the statement, it was shared that 20 people lost their lives and 79 people were injured, according to the first determinations.

Those injured in the explosion were treated in many hospitals in the capital, Beirut, as well as in the cities of Akkar and Tripoli.

President Avn asked the judiciary to conduct an investigation into the explosion

In a statement regarding the incident, President Michel Avn expressed his deep sorrow for the incident that took place in the Akkar region and cost the lives of dozens of innocent people; He stated that the tragic incident made the hearts of all Lebanese bleed.

Stating that he instructed the security forces and civil defense units to mobilize in the region during the night of the incident, Avn noted that he also requested the judiciary to carry out the necessary investigation to reveal the reasons that led to the explosion.

Call to international organizations in the country

Major General Mohammed Hayr, Secretary General of the Lebanese High Aid Commission, appealed to international organizations for help.

In his press statement at the Es-Salam Hospital in Tripoli, Hayr asked the international organizations and organizations operating in Lebanon to support the hospitals in the cities of Akkar and Tripoli with all kinds of medicines and medical equipment, especially burn materials.

Secretary General of the High Aid Commission, “What happened was a disaster. We are looking for the opportunity to send the critically injured abroad; we are in contact with Turkey and Egypt.” said.

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.

Lebanese Energy Minister Rimun Gacar announced in April that gasoline was illegally taken from the country to Syria due to the price difference.

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