Explosion at fuel depot in Beirut kills 4 people - Lebanese Red Cross

Explosion at fuel depot in Beirut kills 4 people - Lebanese Red Cross”

A blast at a fuel depot in the Lebanese capital killed four people and injured many others on Friday, the Lebanese Red Cross said.

A diesel tank at a bakery in Beirut's Tariq Al-Jadida neighbourhood has exploded, killing four people.

"A diesel or gasoline tank was blown in the air then fell down, causing fire and electricity cables to be cut, and people ran away".

The latest fire and explosion also comes amid a severe financial crisis and the coronavirus pandemic - which have fuelled widespread discontent. The state-run news agency said a mine exploded in the Wazzani area because of the fire.

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Firefighters quickly put out the blaze and later helped building residents stuck in their apartments by the fire to climb down ladders. Lebanese troops were also deployed to the area and were seen pushing back the onlookers.

Lebanon's former Prime Minister Saad Hariri extended his condolences to those affected by the explosion Friday evening, urging the neighborhood's residents, who are largely Future Movement dupporters, to cooperate fully with the emergency services.

Beirut governor Marwan Aboud told the Al Jadeed TV channel that in the last few weeks the municipality had been looking for warehouses that could be in breach of the law or pose a danger to residential areas.

Elnashra news website reported that a closed shop in Ashrafieh, one of the oldest districts of Lebanon's capital Beirut witnessed on Saturday morning the explosion of a gas tank, with one death and two injuries being reported. It is still not known what ignited the material, which had been stored there for six years.

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