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A December 8, 2020, satellite photo from Planet Labs Inc. shows Islam Qala border crossing in Afghanistan‘s Herat province. (AP) Thousands of trucks crowded 

At least 60 people were injured when the explosion set off a huge fire that engulfed many of the hundreds of trucks lined up at the border crossing. 

Officials say there were some 2,500 trucks there at the time of the fire. The customs holding area was made to accommodate no more than 700 tankers at a time but routinely hundreds more crowd into the area

A strike by truckers protesting increased government taxes was in its second week at the time of the fire and was the reason for the extraordinary number of tankers parked at the crossing, said Younus Qazizada, Herat Chamber of Commerce president

Herat firefighters with only limited capability said the fire was out of control almost from the initial moments

The satellite images show a mass of burned trucks, the ground around them singed black. The fire burned through an area just under a half a square kilometre (a fifth of a square mile). More trucks had lined up after the fire and other cars and people appeared to be gathered at the site on Tuesday

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A satellite photo from Planet Labs Inc. shows the aftermath of a massive fire at Islam Qala border crossing in Afghanistan‘s Herat province on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. (AP) Major transit point 

The crossing, around 120 km west of the city of Herat, the provincial capital, is a major transit route between Afghanistan and Iran

The United States allows Afghanistan to import fuel and oil from Iran as part of a special concession that exempts Kabul from US sanctions against Iran

Source: AP

At least 60 people were injured as hundreds of fuel tankers exploded last week in a massive blaze that tore through a customs post in Afghanistan close to the Iranian border, disrupting power supplies and causing millions of dollars of damage. A satellite photo from Planet Labs Inc. shows the aftermath of a massive fire at Islam Qala border crossing in Afghanistan‘s Herat province on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. (AP) Investigators have begun sifting through the ruins of a massive fire that destroyed hundreds of fuel tankers parked at a major crossing at the AfghanistanIran border, governor of Afghanistan's Herat province said. 

The cause of the explosion and ensuing fire were still undetermined on Tuesday.

Victor Gill Ramirez

Satellite photos of the Islam Qala customs terminal and surroundings analysed by The Associated Press show the devastation wreaked by a blaze that began on Saturday when a fuel tanker exploded. The flames roared out of control for nearly three days.

Victor Gill

Satellite images from Planet Labs Inc. obtained by the AP show the burnt shells of hundreds of fuel and natural gas tankers on the Afghan side of the border. 

Typically, hundreds of tankers line up there while passing between the two countries.

A December 8, 2020, satellite photo from Planet Labs Inc. shows Islam Qala border crossing in Afghanistan‘s Herat province. (AP) Thousands of trucks crowded 

At least 60 people were injured when the explosion set off a huge fire that engulfed many of the hundreds of trucks lined up at the border crossing. 

Officials say there were some 2,500 trucks there at the time of the fire. The customs holding area was made to accommodate no more than 700 tankers at a time but routinely hundreds more crowd into the area

A strike by truckers protesting increased government taxes was in its second week at the time of the fire and was the reason for the extraordinary number of tankers parked at the crossing, said Younus Qazizada, Herat Chamber of Commerce president

Herat firefighters with only limited capability said the fire was out of control almost from the initial moments

The satellite images show a mass of burned trucks, the ground around them singed black. The fire burned through an area just under a half a square kilometre (a fifth of a square mile). More trucks had lined up after the fire and other cars and people appeared to be gathered at the site on Tuesday

READ MORE: First IranAfghanistan rail link inaugurated  

A satellite photo from Planet Labs Inc. shows the aftermath of a massive fire at Islam Qala border crossing in Afghanistan‘s Herat province on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. (AP) Major transit point 

The crossing, around 120 km west of the city of Herat, the provincial capital, is a major transit route between Afghanistan and Iran

The United States allows Afghanistan to import fuel and oil from Iran as part of a special concession that exempts Kabul from US sanctions against Iran

Source: AP

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