(LEBANON) JUST IN: At least 28-killed in fuel tank explosion on Sunday morning according to the health ministry #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.16: BEIRUT, Aug 15 (Reuters) – At least 28 people were killed and 79 injured when a fuel tank exploded in northern Lebanon early on Sunday, the health ministry said.

#AceDailyNews says at least 28 killed in Lebanon fuel tank explosion military and security sources said that the army had seized a fuel storage tank hidden by black marketeers and was handing out gasoline to residents when the explosion occured.

Lebanon is suffering from a severe fuel shortage, leading to long lines at gas stations and extended blackouts. The disaster happened in the town of Altalil, in the Akkar region that is one of Lebanon’s poorest areas.

About 200 people were nearby at the time of the explosion, eyewitnesses said.

Caretaker Health Minister Hamad Hassan said the worst cases of burns probably needed quick treatment abroad to save their lives.

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Source: Reuters

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Aug.16: 2021:

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