Massive fire sweeps through Lebanon's Chouf mountains
A massive fire swept through the forests of Lebanon from the towns of Mechref to Kfarmatta and Daqoun in the Chouf district, local Lebanese media reports.
More than 100 firefighters from 20 civil defense stations were working with the Lebanese army to to battle the massive fire, the civil defense said in a statement.
The Daily Star also reports that the Civil Defense, Sidon Fire Department and the Lebanese Army worked to put out the fire in the early hours of Monday, after it reportedly broke out at around 4:30 a.m.
Cyprus also provided two aircraft to help Lebanon extinguish a large blaze.
The AP reports that Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri said that if the fires turn out to be intentional those behind it “will pay a price.”
Two fixed-wing #firefighting aircraft of the #Cyprus Department of Forests #now en route to #Lebanon responding to urgent request for assistance in combating raging forest #fires. We stand in #solidarity with friends & neighbours in times of difficulty. #Together we are #stronger pic.twitter.com/DS3oTp4R5x— Cyprus MFA (@CyprusMFA) October 14, 2019