Gas Tanker Explosion in Lebanon Reportedly Happened After Argument Over Fuel
Early on Sunday, the massive explosion of a gas tanker in the Akkar district of northern Lebanon killed at least 28 people and injured 79.
The blast in Akkar’s Tleil area occurred after roughly 200 people were reportedly arguing while trying to fill their canisters with gasoline, the Middle East Eye reported on Sunday. The Lebanese Army said that the owner of the field where the blast happened was arrested.
In recent days, the country has faced increasing difficulty with gas distribution, as locals rush to take stocks of fuel in anticipation of a price increase after the government announced that it would end fuel subsidies. Amid reports of long lines at gas stations, authorities started raids to curb hoarding amid crippling shortages. The confiscated fuel was said to be distributed to locals for free.