A fuel tank explosion that killed at least 28 people in north Lebanon early Sunday has overshadowed Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati’s attempts to form a new government, casting gloom on "speedy progress" made in the Cabinet formation process amid calls for the president to step down over the blast.
Lebanon battled rapidly spreading wildfires for a third straight day Friday after they destroyed pine forests and threatened homes in northern areas. The blaze that started Wednesday in Lebanon's remote Akkar region "is spreading quickly over large areas," caretaker Agriculture Minister Abbas Mortada told AFP.
Raging wildfires have burned large swathes of Lebanon's pine forests in the mountainous north of the country, killing at least one firefighter and forcing some residents to flee, the National News Agency said on Wednesday. The country's fire brigade and army are trying to control the fires fueled by strong winds in villages in the northern Akar region, the state-owned agency said.