The Lebanese army warned this Monday that it had found “dangerous” material in the Beirut port area, where a powerful explosion of around 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate took place on August 4th.
In a statement, the armed forces stated that between August 14 and 22, the military would “hold 25 containers containing hydrochloric acid” and a further 54 containers “containing other material that could be very dangerous in the event of a leak.”
As a result, the Army has indicated that “safety and scientific” measures have already been put in place to address the issue and manage the storage of these chemicals.
These measures are carried out by specialist teams from the Army Engineers Regiment who work together with French experts in the port area.
More than 180 people were killed and 6,000 injured and 300,000 were displaced in the Lebanese capital in the August 4 explosion. Investigations into what happened continue, particularly to determine who stored the ammonium nitrate there.