Four killed in explosion at Beirut bakery

Four killed in explosion at Beirut bakery
Four killed in explosion at Beirut bakery

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - A diesel tank at a bakery in Beirut’s Tariq Al-Jadida neighbourhood has exploded, killing four people.

The Lebanese Red Cross confirmed the initial death toll and that there were a number of wounded people. A short while later, the number of victims rose to four.

“Two bodies and a number of wounded were taken to Al-Maqasid Hospital as a result of the explosion of the diesel tank that caught fire this evening,” said George Kittana, secretary-general of the Lebanese Red Cross.

The explosion reportedly panicked local residents and damaged a large number of neighbouring buildings.

The army has cordoned off the blast site, a bakery, and evacuated residents who were trapped on the upper floors of the building.

Lebanon Civil Defence said the explosion caused a large fire which has been brought under control.

Lebanon is still suffering after August's huge explosion in Beiru port, which killed at least 190, injuring 6,500 and leaving 300,000 people homeless.

About 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored at port exploded in what was one of the biggest non-nuclear blasts in history.

The eight-month-old government resigned after the blast, but no politician has apologised and the local investigation has yet to pinpoint responsibility for the disaster.

Former prime minister Saad Hariri has said he is a possible candidate to head a new government to stem the country's economic collapse.

French President Emmanuel Macron last month extracted a pledge from all political sides in the former French protectorate to back speedy government formation as part of a roadmap out of the crisis, but efforts so far have failed.

President Michel Aoun is to hold parliamentary consultations on naming a new premier on Thursday next week.

Even before the blast at Beirut port and the coronavirus pandemic, Lebanon was facing its worst economic crisis since the end of a 15-year civil war in 1990.

Updated: October 10, 2020 12:38 AM

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