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World Lebanon's government is said to have been warned of the risk of explosion in July

09:16  11 august  2020
09:16  11 august  2020 Source:   spiegel.de

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Did the Lebanese government know in advance of the danger posed by the chemicals in the port of Beirut? Apparently there was a corresponding warning letter weeks before the huge explosion.

  Libanons Regierung soll im Juli vor Explosionsgefahr gewarnt worden sein © MOHAMED AZAKIR / REUTERS

The explosion disaster in Beirut plunged Lebanon into a deep political crisis. Now it is time to process the processes. Linked to this, the question arises: Who knew when about the huge store of highly explosive chemicals that ultimately led to the death of hundreds of people and damage running into billions? According to information from the Reuters news agency,

security experts warned the Lebanese government of the devastating consequences of an explosion in July. Thereby 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate were mentioned explicitly. According to the government, the chemicals had been stored unsecured in the port for six years.

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The warning from the security experts went to Prime Minister Hassan Diab and President Michel Aoun, people familiar with the relevant reports told the Reuters news agency. In the latest report by the Directorate-General for State Security there was a reference to a letter to the two politicians that was sent on July 20. The content of the letter does not appear from the report Reuters was able to see.

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A person familiar with the processes said, however, that the letter contained the results of an investigation. It concluded that the chemicals needed to be secured immediately. "There was a risk that the material, if it had been stolen, could be used for terrorist attacks," said the person who was involved in drafting the letter and does not want to be named. "I warned you that if it exploded, this could destroy Beirut."

The offices of the Prime Minister and the President left inquiries about the letter unanswered. The public prosecutor did not want to comment either.

After days of protests

, the government announced its resignation on Monday, but remains in office temporarily. Protesters in Beirut accuse their failure and corruption. Reconstruction is likely to cost the troubled country up to $ 15 billion.

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