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The Lebanese army finds more ammonium nitrate near the port of Beirut

September 3, 2020

The Lebanese Armed Forces found a shipment of more than four tons of ammonium nitrate near the port of Beirut, which caused several explosions in the port area on August 4th. In this incident, nearly two hundred deceased returned.

The military investigating the area has so far found 4.3 tons hidden in four containers next to the port, according to the official NNA news agency.

In any case, the amount is far from the 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate that would represent the origin of the tragedy, for which more than twenty people have already been arrested. The material had been improperly stored for years and its deflagration showed that the authorities were unable to cope with these types of hazards.

The Lebanese army finds more ammonium nitrate near the port of BeirutThe Lebanese army finds more ammonium nitrate near the port of Beirut

The explosions exacerbated the social unrest that began in October 2019 and led to the resignation of Hasan Daib’s government. Prime Minister Mustafa Adib, who is now set to take over the reins, started the round of contacts on Wednesday to try to reach an agreement this month.

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