Huge blaze spreads at fuel storage depot in Tripoli

Libyan officials have called on local residents to leave the area within a perimeter of 5km

A huge blaze engulfing Libya’s biggest fuel storage facility in the capital, Tripoli, has spread to a second tank.

Libya’s National Oil Company (NOC) has described the fire as “out of control”.

It comes hours after the authorities appealed for international assistance to try to contain the blaze.

The government blames clashes between rival militias for starting the fire, which it says may cause a humanitarian and environmental disaster.

At least 97 people have been killed in fighting between rival militia groups battling for control of Tripoli’s main airport in the past week.

Firefighters almost managed to put out the blaze when it took hold of a first tank but had to withdraw after fighting resumed in the area, Libyan oil company spokesman Mohamed Al-Harrai told the BBC.

He said shrapnel hit the second fuel tank, igniting it, and the fuel compound was still being hit…
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