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Lebanon: Authorities battle wildfire in Akkar district September 7

Wildfire spreads in Akkar district September 7; criminal origin suspected

07 Sep 05:34 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 9/7/2017, 12:00 AM until 9/7/2017, 11:59 PM (Asia/Beirut). COUNTRY/REGION Lebanon


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.


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


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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