A mother and her four children were killed in a horrific highway accident in southern Lebanon on Monday night.
Fatima Kobaissi, along with her children, Zahraa, Aya, Lea, and Tia Huwaili, was trying to refuel her car in preparation for picking her husband up at the airport two days later when the family got into an accident involving four other cars on the southern Jiyeh Highway.
The family had been waiting in a car queue extending from a gas station when the accident took place, and they all passed away at the scene.
Their funeral will be held on Wednesday morning in their hometown of Sharqieh, southern Lebanon.
The sixth victim of the accident, Hussein Zein, who is a relative of the family and was with them in the car, was pronounced dead on Tuesday evening after about a day in intensive care.
Imad Huwaili, the bereaved husband and father, was reportedly coming to Lebanon from Liberia for malaria treatment before the shocking accident took place, four months after he was driven out of his country by the economic crisis.
He is expected to arrive in Beirut on Wednesday at dawn.
Monday has been deemed “a dark day for Lebanon” as a result of the incident, which many blame the authorities for the chaos that has become the norm in Lebanese streets leading up to gas stations.
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