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Fuel crisis roils Lebanon

Lebanon's fuel crisis is killing people, and hospital patients could be among the next victims.
Relatives of fuel tank burn victim anguished at Tripoli hospital

BEIRUT  —  On Aug. 15, the Lebanese woke up to the news of a fuel tank explosion in the town of al-Tleil in the Akkar region of northern Lebanon that took place in the early hours of the morning. The explosion killed 28 and injured at least 79 civilians and soldiers, according to the Lebanese Health Ministry.

The charred bodies and the burned persons who were rescued were transferred to Akkar, Tripoli and Beirut hospitals. However, the Health Ministry called for sending severe cases abroad for treatment amid the lack of medicines and medical supplies and the difficulty in providing burn treatment in Lebanon. The official National News Agency said some burn victims were airlifted to Turkey on Wednesday.

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