An oil tanker explodes in northern Lebanon, killing at least 20 people

At least 20 people have been killed and at least 79 others injured in a bomb blast near the northern city of Akkar, officials say.

Twenty-two Red Cross units arrived to transport the dead and wounded. Initial reports indicate that most injuries were serious.

According to Anne Nahar, many people went missing after the blast. According to MTB Lebanon, more than 200 people were present at the scene.

Local hospitals began asking for blood donations to treat the wounded.

The cause of the explosion is still unknown.

According to MTV Lebanon on Sunday morning, preliminary reports indicate that oil at the site of the blast was being prepared for entry into Syria. Hezbollah has previously been accused of importing oil from Lebanon to Syria.

It was reported to have been used by traffickers at a gas storage facility in January. Al-Arab al-Jazeera reported at the time that the warehouse was occupied by a person close to Hezbollah.

The Lebanese army has inspected gas stations and confiscated stored oil as the country suffers from a worsening economic crisis.

The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a Lebanese military base.

“Tonight, our hearts are with the people of Al-Till and Akkar,” Lebanese Prime Minister Gebrem Basil tweeted. “We pray for the mercy of the martyrs and wish a speedy recovery to the wounded and wounded.”

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s response to Saturday’s massacre in Akkar is no different.

Hariri tweeted: “May God have mercy on the martyrs and grant them peace. May God heal the wounded and the injured. “What was done in both cases? fair enough. Lebanon is a priority ”

“Akakar is one of the poorest and most affected regions of Lebanon, and now he is living in hell, not figuratively,” Lebanese journalist Diana Mukdal said on Twitter. Oil thieves and criminals are responsible for the night massacre that killed and injured 20 people.

This is a growing story.

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