Friday, June 21, 2024

In the aftermath of the Accar explosion, Hariri calls for Aun’s resignation


Former Lebanese Prime Minister Chad Hariri has commented on the blast Accor area Sunday morning in the north of the country.

Hariri wrote on Twitter on Sunday: “The Acker massacre is no different from the port massacre.”

He added, “What happened in the two crimes is that if there is a country that respects the people, its officials will resign, starting with the president, until the last person responsible for this boycott. Enough. Lives and security are Lebanon’s priority.”

At least 22 people have been killed

For his part, at least 22 people were killed and 79 injured in a fuel tanker explosion in Accra, but the cause of the explosion is not yet clear, said caretaker health minister Hamad Hassan.

The Red Cross said Sunday that at least 20 people had been killed and 79 injured in the blasts. He wrote on Twitter that his teams had taken “20 bodies” to hospitals in the area from where the fuel tanker exploded in Akkarai.

Fuel shortage

It is noteworthy that Lebanon has been suffering from fuel shortages for several weeks, which negatively affects the efficiency of public utilities, private companies and hospitals.

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On Saturday, long queues formed in front of gas stations, while angry citizens blocked fuel tanks in some areas, local media reported.

Raids and confiscation of petrol

For its part, the Army announced the launch on SaturdayGas station tests Seizure of more stored petrol. He posted pictures on social media showing soldiers distributing petrol to cars at gas stations.

The military confirmed in a statement that its units would “confiscate all quantities of petrol seized at these stations, which would be distributed directly to the citizen without compensation.”

Severe economic crisis

This comes at a time when Lebanon is witnessing a severe economic crisis, which the World Bank has classified as one of the worst in the world since 1850.

Two weeks after the first anniversary of the Lebanese bombings in Akkarai Port of Beirut On August 4, 2020, it killed more than 200 people. The eruption was caused by high levels of ammonium nitrate stored in the port since 2014 without precautions. Employees, political officials, security and military agencies were aware of the dangers of storing them.

From Beirut port (file photo from AFP)

However, the local investigation was hampered, with the political class accusing it of obstruction.

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