Image source, ReutersImage caption, The Zahrani Oil Installation is close to one of Lebanon's two biggest power plants
Firefighters have contained a large blaze at an oil facility in Lebanon, which is already in the grip of a severe energy crisis.
The fire erupted in a petrol tank at the Zahrani Oil Installation, 50km (30 miles) south of Beirut, sending a plume of black smoke into the sky.
No casualties have been reported.
The facility is close to one of Lebanon's two biggest power plants, which both had to shut down two days ago because of a shortage of fuel.
The Al Zahrani Installation is on fire – not the power plant itself (yet). The installation is where all fuel is usually stored. #Lebanon https://t.co/Ts7i9I1wk4
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The plants received emergency deliveries of gas oil from the Lebanese army on Sunday night to help them restart operations.
That returned the state electricity supply to the level before the blackout – only about one or two hours a day, with people depending on private generators to keep the lights on.
An economic collapse has left Lebanon dangerously short of fuel as well as other basic necessities, such as medicine, electricity and even drinking water.