Explosion in Beirut: even before the disaster, bad smells came out of the warehouse

The Lebanese capital has been devastated to a large extent, more than a hundred people died, thousands were injured, up to 300,000 people have been left homeles

Explosion in Beirut: even before the disaster, bad smells came out of the warehouse

The Lebanese capital has been devastated to a large extent, more than a hundred people died, thousands were injured, up to 300,000 people have been left homeless. In Lebanon, the search for the perpetrators and the causes of the disaster began:

Who knew about the ammonium nitrate?

port authorities, customs and security services were aware that hazardous chemicals were stored at the port. Now you have to push each other the responsibility for the disaster, according to security circles. The government called on Wednesday for the imposition of house arrest for those responsible for the run-down warehouse, in the according to preliminary information, a fire broke out, which led to the Explosion.

where is nitrate, the ammonium?

According to information from security circles in the under Moldovan flag should have asked at the end of the freighter "Rhosus" in 2013 for a stop on his way from Georgia to Mozambique, the port of Beirut is attached. On Board the ship 2750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, used for the manufacture of explosives, but also as a fertilizer, is used were. According to the website Marine Traffic, the ship arrived at 20. November 2013 in Beirut, and laid there, never again. AFP

Bad smells came out of the Hangar no 12

the Lebanese security sources, according to a Lebanese company filed during the transit of the "Rhosus" in Beirut, a complaint against the freight company. The local justice seized the "Rhosus". The charge was brought to the Hangar number 12, of the seized goods was reserved. The ship was damaged and sank in the end.

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In June 2019, the Lebanese security authorities launched an investigation on the cargo, after repeated information about foul odors from the storage hall had been received. In your report it says that the Hangar "contains hazardous materials that must be moved." The investigators also noted the cracks on the walls of the camp, which enabled a break-in and recommended a renovation of the camp. The port authorities took charge, finally, of the Work. The repair work should have been according to security sources, the trigger for the explosion disaster.

Why was the ammonium nitrate in Beirut?

Normally, the chemical is stored under strict security precautions: you must substances about of fuel and heat sources are kept away. In many EU countries ammonium nitrate, should be lime-treated to make it safer. After the explosions of the customs Director Badri Therefore published on December 2017, dated letter, in which he asked the Prosecutor to shift the white, odorless salt, either abroad or to sell it to a local company. Hussein Malla/AP/dpa

According to Riad Kobaisi, a corruption specialist of the Lebanese investigative journalists, to try the customs authorities to deny all responsibility. In principle, it is prohibited, however, such chemicals without a permit at all in Lebanon to introduce. For him, the case will show the extent of corruption within the customs, carrying the main, but not exclusive responsibility for the tragedy. Lockdown at 2. Corona-shaft: infections in Lodge Christoph Spinner explains why he strongly advises against FOCUS Online Lockdown at 2. Corona-shaft: infections in Lodge Christoph Spinner explains why he strongly advises against

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Updated Date: 05 August 2020, 23:26

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