Another 4.35 tons of ammonium nitrate were found in Beirut's seaport area nearly a month after the explosion
In response to the discovery of 4.35 tons of ammonium nitrate, the Lebanese army said in a statement that military experts had recently been called in to inspect the port, during which the explosives were found outside the port's entrance 9.Lebanese Army engineers were "dealing with the matter," the statement said, adding that it was unclear where or who owned the explosives.
Chemical experts from France and Italy were reported to have found more than 20 containers of dangerous chemicals in the rubble of the port days after the August 4 explosion.The military later said the containers had been moved and stored safely away from the port.
At the request of the Lebanese government, French experts and the US FEDERAL Bureau of Investigation are said to be assisting in the investigation, the results of which have not been released.So far, 21 people have been arrested in connection with the explosion, most of them port and customs officials.Among them are Lebanon customs Commissioner Dahir, General manager of Beirut Port Qureem and so on.
Lebanese caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Al-Diab was questioned on September 3 by judge Souvan, who is investigating the bombing in Beirut's port district.Lebanese state news agency reported that Diab was interviewed by Sowan at the prime Minister's office and made a statement about the situation.The report did not provide further details.
Mr. Diab became the most senior official to be questioned since the bombing in Beirut's seaport district.According to Lebanese media reports, He will also question current and former public works ministers.
At least 200 people were killed and more than 6,500 injured in a massive explosion on August 4 in Beirut's seaport district.On August 10th Mr Diab announced that the government had resigned en masse.
The exact cause of the explosion is still unknown.Some 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate have been stored in warehouses in Beirut's port area since 2014, Lebanese officials said.Some public documents show that senior officials, among others, were aware of the chemical.
Earlier, President Michel Aoun had estimated the size of the damage caused by the Beirut port blast at about $15 billion.The analysis points out that Lebanon is heavily dependent on imports for all kinds of commodities, and the recovery of container terminals is of vital importance to the country, while Beirut is the largest port in Lebanon with an annual container throughput of over 1 million teUs.