Beirut blast: ALL port officials arrested

The Lebanese government has decided to put all officials who oversaw storage and security in the city’s port since 2014 under house arrest, reports confirm.

It comes as the country’s officials lead an investigation after a huge explosion erupted in the port killing over a hundred people and injuring over three thousand.

Reports from the ground say bodies were mangled in between broken glass and hospitals were filled to capacity with people having to get treatment outside in the street.

The investigation is being conducted by a special committee headed by the justice minister and includes Prime Minister Hassan Diab and the heads of major security agencies.

Diab has previously said that the explosion likely occurred due to the 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate which had been improperly stored in a port warehouse since 2013.

The port’s documentation supports this claim, stating that a ship with 2,750 tons of Ammonium Nitrate had entered Beirut in 2013, after seizing the chemicals from an abandoned ship in the Mediterranean.

In the aftermath of the incident, PM Diab promised that those responsible for the explosion would “pay the price.”

The military are overseeing the house arrest of all the officials.

The investigation continues.

 

 


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