The Tariq al-Jadida area in Beirut witnessed a great tragedy after a large explosion shook it due to a tank of diesel fuel, which led to the deaths of a number of victims and dozens of wounded among the citizens.
The Secretary-General of the Lebanese Red Cross, George Kittana, announced that the number of victims of the diesel fuel tank explosion in the Abu Shaker area – Al-Tariq Al-Jadidah – has increased to 4 people.
As for the wounded, their number exceeded 20, and they were distributed among hospitals in the capital, Beirut, while a number of civil defense personnel who were suffocated due to the fire were treated.
And with this, I recovered Civil Defense personnel: Two children are alive from the scene of the explosion, according to the National News Agency.
In addition, the “LBCI” channel indicated that “there is a room for the janitor inside the building in which the Tariq Al Jadida explosion occurred, and in which Natour, his wife and their 3 children live, and the fate of the wife and children is unknown.”
For his part, volunteer in the civil defense, Youssef Al Mallah, said that “searches are still continuing for a person missing in the explosion.”
After the explosion, which occurred in a residential area, the Lebanese army hit a security cordon at the place, while an investigation was launched to find out if there were explosive materials in the warehouse where the diesel tank caused the explosion.
Meanwhile, Al-Jadid indicated that, “the Information Branch arrested the owner of the diesel tank that exploded in Al-Tariq Al-Jadida after he was taken to hospital due to suffocation.” For its part, the “LBCI” channel reported that “the arrested person is named ES, and he confirmed that the explosion was caused by an amount of benzene that he was storing for the private use of his company, which works in the field of cell phones and charging devices, ie the powerbank.”
In turn, the Governor of Beirut, Marwan Abboud, announced on Al-Jadid channel that “the evacuation of residents at the site of the Al-Tariq Al-Jadida explosion is still continuing.” No one informed us about the building. “
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