Explosion in Beirut : 4th resignation in two days to the government - The Point

Resignations in the series. Since the explosion of lethal of the 4 August at the port of Beirut, the government of Hassan Diab loses his ministers one at a time

Explosion in Beirut : 4th resignation in two days to the government - The Point

Resignations in the series. Since the explosion of lethal of the 4 August at the port of Beirut, the government of Hassan Diab loses his ministers one at a time. On Monday 10 August, the Finance minister, Ghazi Wazni, resigned in his turn. The minister of Justice, Marie-Claude Najm, the minister of Information, Manal Abdel Samad, and the minister of the Environment, Damianos Kattar, had already left the government.

This resignation even nearer the government's resignation after the tragedy that has provoked the wrath of the population. At the same time, on Monday, 10 August, the egyptian government announced the transfer of "dangerous products" that are stored on sites on the airport to places of "safe" in the wake of the explosion deadly. Of the "precautionary measures" will be taken "in relation to dangerous products by getting rid of them immediately or moving them to storage areas safe, away from airports and residential areas," said the egyptian civil aviation in a press release late on Sunday night.

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This release makes reference to materials stored in " warehouses (...) at the Cairo airport and other airports in the country ", without giving more details. "A committee will evaluate all procedures that apply in the areas of storage (...) in order to prevent all risks," added the minister of civil Aviation, Mohamed Manar, quoted in the press release.

At least 158 dead

This decision comes after the explosion deadly to the port of Beirut on August 4, caused by 2 750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored for six years without any "precautionary measures" of the confession even of the lebanese Prime minister Hassan Diab. The explosion, the most violent ever experienced in Beirut, has killed at least 158 people dead and 6 000 injured, according to a balance sheet is still provisional. Entire neighborhoods of Beirut were devastated by the explosion, which caused a crater of 43 metres, according to a security source.

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Updated Date: 10 August 2020, 09:33

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