Die verheerende Explosion am 4. August mit mindestens 180 Toten und rund 6.000 Verletzten soll durch große Mengen Ammoniumnitrat, einer Chemikalie, die zur Herstellung von Kunstdünger, aber auch Sprengmitteln verwendet wird, verursacht worden sein. Diese waren nach Regierungsangaben über Jahre ohne Sicherheitsvorkehrungen im Hafen gelagert worden.
A total of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate was kept at the harbor for six years. Who kept it there, why, whose was the secret hand that kept it there, what was the purpose for keeping it there? The resulting blast, the explosion that was felt 250 kilometers away, even from the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC).
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It is not clear when he conveyed the information; however, several current and former American officials who have worked in the Middle East say that the consultant would normally have conveyed his findings immediately to the American officials who oversaw the contract, in this case the embassy, State Department or Pentagon.
The Lebanese authorities have not yet released the conclusions of the official investigation into the tragedy. However, several publications – including The New York Times, CNN and Der Spiegel – were able to piece together a chronology of the facts.
BBC Arabic reporter Maryem Taoumi was interviewing Faisal Al-Aseel, project manager at the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy when the explosion took place.
Beirut totally crashed amid 1. Economic inflation and 2. Covid19 outbreak. God bless the people and keep them safe. I am shocked #Lebanon #لبنان_ينهار
Hundreds said injured, hospitals overwhelmed amid massive damage to Lebanon’s capital; explosion said caused by highly explosive materials seized from ship, stored at port
The moment of the huge Beirut explosion was caught on camera by social media users.
Explosions rocked Beirut Tuesday afternoon, thought to be at Beirut port.