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Lebanon: Authorities battle wildfire in Akkar district September 7

Wildfire spreads in Akkar district September 7; criminal origin suspected

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/7/2017, 12:00 AM until 9/7/2017, 11:59 PM (Asia/Beirut). COUNTRY/REGION Lebanon

Event

As of Thursday, September 7, Lebanese authorities are currently battling a wildfire in Akkar district, North Lebanon governorate. Reports say the fire grew in size overnight, raising fears of an ecological crisis. Lebanese military helicopters have been deployed to assist in the containment efforts.

Context

The wildfire began on September 6, and is suspected to be of criminal origin.

Advice

Individuals in the area should exercise caution and heed all instructions from authorities.

Individuals present in Lebanon are advised to avoid the border region and to remain vigilant at all times elsewhere in the country. As a reminder, Western governments strongly advise their nationals against all travel to Beirut's southern districts, southern Lebanon, the city of Tripoli (north), and the country's eastern regions (including Aarsal, Baalbek, Hermel, Majdel, and Rachaiya).

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