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Libya: many dead in Sirte fuel depot blast

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Libya: many dead in Sirte fuel depot blast


Up to a hundred people are reported to have been killed when two oil storage tanks exploded in Sirte in Libya.

Residents said people were queueing to fill up buckets with fuel at the only storage depot in the area.

There are claims that the facility was damaged by NATO bombs and blew up because of an electrical short circuit when power was restored.

Sirte is the hometown of the former leader Colonel Gaddafi.

“There was nothing like this during the time of Gaddafi. We were secure. It’s true that we were poor, but we were safe. Now no-one is safe, not even in their homes,” said one resident called Saeed.

Twelve hours after the blast locals were still unable to bring the blaze under control.

The month long assault on Gaddafi’s final hiding place forced thousands to flee, and made basic resources like fuel hard to find.

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