Explosion in Beirut : investigation will take time, warns Michel Aoun - The Point

It will take time to shed light on the circumstances of the explosion deadly that occurred in the port of Beirut. This is what underlined the president of leban

Explosion in Beirut : investigation will take time, warns Michel Aoun - The Point

It will take time to shed light on the circumstances of the explosion deadly that occurred in the port of Beirut. This is what underlined the president of lebanon Michel Aoun, in an interview broadcast Saturday by the news channel BFMTV. The explosion on 4 August in the port of Beirut has been 177 deaths and more than 6,500 injured, devastating entire neighborhoods of the capital and fuelling the anger of a large part of the Lebanese, for whom this disaster too comes again illustrate the carelessness of a political class accused of corruption and incompetence.

The lebanese authorities have opened an inquiry and appointed judge Fadi Sawan to lead it. Nearly a score of persons, officials of the port and the customs administration, have been arrested in the course of the investigation, and ministers must be heard as early as next week. "There is no delay in the investigation, but we need time to get to know the truth because it is complex," said president Aoun, who was speaking in Arabic to the micro BFMTV, and whose remarks were reported by the official account of the presidency of lebanon.

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the support of The FBI and France for the survey

members of the american federal police (FBI) should be arriving this weekend in Beirut to take part in the investigation at the invitation of the Lebanese, just as France provides logistical support with means of investigation, and has dispatched teams of police and research. The number three of the american diplomacy David Hale pleaded Saturday for an inquiry "transparent, comprehensive and credible" on the explosion. The lebanese president added that no hypothesis was being ruled out to explain the explosion. On August 7, he had been the first responsible for the lebanese not to discount the thesis of an "external action, with a missile or a bomb". The head of State, 85 years old, had assured to have personally asked the president of france Emmanuel Macron "aerial images" to determine "whether there were planes in the space (air) or missiles" at the time of the explosion. "If these images are not available in the French, we will ask other countries," he assured.

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The drama had its origin in a explosion in a warehouse where were stored according to the authorities 2 750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate for six years, "without measures of precaution" of the confession even of the resigning Prime minister Hassan Diab. The entire Republic was aware of the presence in the midst of the capital of such an amount of chemicals and its hazards, according to some officials and security sources. The French president Emmanuel Macron has called for an international inquiry "transparent," but the president Aoun has already ruled against this option.

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Updated Date: 15 August 2020, 16:33

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