Lebanon fuel fire - Firefighters battle tank blaze

A huge fire broke out on Monday at a fuel storage tank in the Zahrani oil facility in southern Lebanon, and firefighters battling to bring the blaze under control, a witness said.

Plumes of smoke were seen billowing into the sky as flames raged, video footage from social media showed.

There was no immediate official comment or reports of casualties at the Zahrani oil facility on the Mediterranean coast.

Al Jadeed TV channel reported the Lebanese army was evacuating the area amid fears that the fire would spread and cause an explosion.

The facility at Zahrani, around 8 km (5 miles) south of the city of Sidon, houses one of the country's main power stations.

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