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US News “I was informed 24 hours before the explosion” affirms a Lebanese minister

23:25  12 august  2020
23:25  12 august  2020 Source:   liberation.fr

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is currently charged with three crimes, and he can be jailed soon if found guilty. He wants to start a new war, and instead of Now, posted just below is a tweet about a Lebanese official who is already suggesting that the cause of the explosion was ammonium nitrate.

Lebanon ’s prime minister , Hassan Diab, said the main blast at Beirut’s port was caused when an estimated 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate had been It happened three days before the verdict is due in an international tribunal trial of four men accused of blowing up a former Lebanese prime minister

“J'ai été mis au courant 24 heures avant l'explosion” affirme un ministre libanais © Amer Ghazzal / Getty Images “I was informed 24 hours before the explosion” affirms a Lebanese minister Then that the government resigned Monday in the face of the anger of the street, the question of responsibilities remains important.

It was a real tragedy that happened in Beirut on August 4th. In the heart of the capital of Lebanon, an explosion kills more than 171 . In question ? Storage of a huge amount of ammonium nitrate that exploded. Yet the whole Republic in Lebanon knew about it. For months and until the eve of the tragic explosion, messages alerting to the dangers multiplied. But the authorities did nothing and no one wants to take responsibility. A case which once again highlights the shortcomings and the burdens of an administration sclerotic and plagued by corruption.

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Prime Minister Hassan Diab called it a catastrophe and said those responsible must be held to account. He spoke of a "dangerous warehouse" I saw the fire, but I didn't yet know there was going to be an explosion . We went inside. Suddenly I lost my hearing because apparently I was too close.

On August 3, a day before the tragedy which left more than 171 dead and devastated Beirut, the Minister of Public Works Michel Najjar received a letter from the Superior Defense Council stressing the danger posed by the presence of an enormous stock of nitrate ammonium in port. "I was informed 24 hours before the explosion, when I received the letter from the Council", told Agence France-Presse Michel Najjar, whose government resigned Monday in the face of the anger of the street. The letter, dated July 24, did not reach him until ten days later. For several days, official administrations closed under restrictions linked to the new coronavirus and due to the feast of the Adha.

Michel Najjar then asks his advisor to contact the chairman of the port's board of directors, Hassan Koraytem, ​​now in detention, to ask him for all the documents relating to the case. The latter is executed. And the port management finally decides to plug a breach in the warehouse, as requested by a directive sent three months ago by the State Security. In the same warehouse number 12, there was also "gunpowder, fireworks and pails of paint", highly flammable products, according to a security source. According to this source, the maintenance work carried out on August 4 probably caused a fire, which caused the gigantic explosion that blew up entire districts of Beirut and injured more than 6,500 people.

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Beirut, Lebanon - Lebanon 's caretaker Justice Minister Marie-Claude Najem says there is ample reason to distrust Lebanon 's judiciary, but last Her ministry was informed of the presence of the ammonium nitrate stored at Beirut's port on July 27 - just over a week before the explosion took place.

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A cargo seized in 2013

Why 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate -a substance used in the composition of certain fertilizers but also of explosives- have they been stored at the port for six years, in the heart of Beirut? And moreover "without precautionary measures" by the very admission of the resigning Prime Minister Hassan Diab? The cargo was seized from a boat that called in Beirut in November 2013, and kept in a warehouse dedicated to confiscated goods.

It was not until January 2020 that a major security body in the country, the State Security, began its investigation. In its internal report concluded a few weeks later, and that Agence France-Presse was able to consult, it underlines that "dangerous materials used for the manufacture of explosives" are in the warehouse and that "material Highly flammable nitroglycerin-like liquid seeps out "from the shed. She also quotes a chemistry expert who had visited the site and that "these materials, if they catch fire, will cause a huge fire whose consequences could almost completely destroy the port". But for some reason this report will sit in the drawers for several months. It was not until the end of May that the report was sent to the prosecutor, who gave the order to have the hangar guarded and to close the breach. The same report is immediately sent to the port management.

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"I am not responsible"

Since the explosion, political, legal and security officials have been blaming themselves. On July 20, President Michel Aoun and Hassan Diab in turn receive the State Security report. Last Friday, Michel Aoun confirmed his reception by saying that he had sent it to the Superior Council of Defense which addressed the Minister of Public Works. "I am not responsible, I do not have the prerogatives to deal directly with the port, there is a hierarchy which must know its duties," Aoun said. Heavyweight in Lebanese politics, the Hezbollah movement, an ally of Michel Aoun, is accused of having entered the port, which he formally denies.

After the explosion, the director general of customs Badri Daher, also arrested, leaked to exonerate himself the text of a letter he had sent in 2017 to a summary judge. There he renewed his request to re-export or sell the dangerous cargo that no one claimed. And even in 2014, the General Security, another security apparatus, warned of the danger in a letter to the president, the head of government and the ministers of the interior and public works, according to a judicial source. These officials are no longer in post today. But they all come from the same political class whose popular protest movement is demanding the departure. At the same time, international solidarity is set in motion to come to the aid of country .

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