Lebanese President Michel Aoun attributed the Tuesday afternoon explosions in the port of Beirut, in which more than one hundred people died and around 4,000 injured, to a negligence that he promised to sanction with the “toughest punishment”. .
“We are determined to continue the investigation to expose the circumstances as soon as possible, to hold those responsible and negligent accountable and to punish them with the severest punishment,” he said in a speech given Wednesday after the meeting was held. of the crisis cabinet.
In this way, Aoun has confirmed that the cause of the explosion is negligence related to the 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate that have accumulated in one of the port’s warehouses and that would have burned due to the site’s precarious security conditions. according to the Lebanese press.
“It is unacceptable that an estimated 2,750 tons of ammonium freight have been in a warehouse for six years without preventive measures,” Prime Minister Hassan Diab denounced hours earlier and also called “the greatest fines” for those responsible.