Aoun Voices 'Extreme Pain' over Akkar Blast, Chairs Defense Council Meeting
President Michel Aoun on Sunday expressed his "extreme pain" over the victims of the fuel explosion in the Akkar town of al-Tlail, asking the judiciary to "unveil the circumstances."
Wishing a speedy recovery for the wounded, Aoun said the "tragedy" has "bloodied the hearts of all Lebanese."
A statement issued by the Presidency said Aoun had overnight followed up on the developments following the horrific explosion, which killed at least 20 people and injured 80 others.
"He ordered the mobilization of security forces and health authorities in the region to combat the blaze, work on transporting the injured to hospitals and medical centers, and offer them medical care at the expense of the Health Ministry," the statement said.
The President also asked the relevant judicial authorities to "conduct the necessary investigations to unveil the circumstances that led to the explosion and to intensify search operations to confirm that there are no missing people."
Later on Sunday, Aoun chaired an emergency meeting for the Higher Defense Council.