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Lebanon PM Says 2,750 Tonnes of Ammonium Nitrate Exploded in Port, Promises Stern Action

Smoke is seen after an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon August 4, 2020, in this picture obtained from  social media. Gaby Maamary/via REUTERS

Smoke is seen after an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon August 4, 2020, in this picture obtained from social media. Gaby Maamary/via REUTERS

"It is unacceptable and we cannot remain silent on this issue," he said at a defence council meeting.

About 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate were stored in the Beirut port warehouse that exploded Tuesday, devastating large parts of the Lebanese capital, Prime Minister Hassan Diab said.

"It is unacceptable that a shipment of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate has been present for six years in a warehouse, without taking preventive measures," he said at a defence council meeting, a spokesman told a press conference. 

"It is unacceptable and we cannot remain silent on this issue." 

first published:August 05, 2020, 08:11 IST