Lebanon: Massive fire on Kirkuk-Tripoli oil pipeline after sabotage by unidentified suspects

A massive fire broke out in an oil pipeline in Abdeh in the Akkar Governorate on Saturday, after unidentified suspects are believed to have sabotaged the pipeline on Friday night. According to Lebanon’s National News Agency, the Kirkuk-Tripoli oil pipeline was damaged by the suspects making several holes in the pipeline. The agency further reported that the pipelines that cross the Akkar Plain in the direction of the oil installations in Beddawi have stopped pumping since the beginning of the unrest in Lebanon. No casualties were reported as a result of the fire. Footage shows the Lebanese civil defence putting out the blazing fire and the leaked oil materials, with fumes of dark smoke rising into the sky. The heavy flow of oil materials in water channels can also be seen. “This is the first time such a huge explosion has happened here,» stated an eyewitness. “Unfortunately, we have not yet seen the Lebanese government here except for the army and the civil defence. People and crops were damaged, but the most important thing is the safety of the residents” In response to the incident, the General Directorate of petroleum in Lebanon made a public statement regarding the incident. «It is not the first time that this oil and gas pipeline in the north has been sabotaged for theft purposes, which fall under clear piracy of public properties,” they stated.

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