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The Lebanese Red Cross, in a statement on its Twitter account, said that a tanker truck exploded in the Akkar region in the north of the country and that 22 Red Cross teams attempted to transport the dead and injured from the scene to neighboring hospitals.
In the statement, it was stated that 20 people lost their lives and at least 7 people were injured, according to initial determinations.
The country’s local press reported that Red Cross teams, as well as army units, Interior Ministry’s Internal Security Forces, civil defense teams and residents of the region have helped transport the dead and wounded during the incident that took place in the town of Et-Telil in the city of Akkar.
Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, in a statement on his Twitter account, used the following statements:
“The Akkar Massacre is no different from the Beirut Port Massacre. I wish the mercy of God to the martyrs and a speedy recovery to the wounded. President to the last responsible for this negligence. The glass overflows. Life and safety come first. “
The President of the Christian Patriotic Movement, Gibran Basil, said 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.
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FUEL CRISIS IN THE COUNTRY
In Lebanon, where the biggest economic crisis occurred in 30 years, the state subsidized the daily consumption of around 12 million liters of fuel through the Central Bank.
In the written statement made by the Central Bank, it was indicated that the foreign currency loans to be provided for fuel, to be implemented from August 12, would be calculated on the free exchange rate (black market) on the market. instead of the official rate and therefore the fuel subsidy would be removed.
It was also noted in the press release that the price of fuel to be put on the market would be determined by the Ministry of Energy.
Almost every gas station in the country has shut down pumps as the Energy Ministry kept the old price despite the subsidy being removed.
After the Central Bank’s decision to remove the fuel subsidy, the Lebanese army raided gas stations that blocked pumps because new prices were not determined, and seized tens of thousands of liters of gasoline and diesel.
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