France calls for probe of deadly Beirut explosions
Gulf Today|August 07, 2020
France calls for probe of deadly Beirut explosions
Macron says an international, open and transparent probe is needed, also calls for aid conference; AD CP dispatches medical aid; Sheikha Fatima donates Dhs10m; UN releases $9m for Beirut hospitals.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday called for an international investigation into the blast at Beirut’s port that killed more than 130 people and ravaged entire neighbourhoods.

“An international, open and transparent probe is needed to prevent things from remaining hidden and doubt from creeping in,” he told reporters at the end of a snap visit to the Lebanese capital.

Macron also announced that an international aid conference for disaster-hit Lebanon would be held soon.

Speaking to journalists at the end of the snap visit to Beirut, where more than 130 people were killed in a massive explosion at the port on Tuesday, he said the conference would be held “in the coming days.”

He stressed that the aid raised during the conference would be chanelled “directly to the people, the relief organisations and the teams that need it on the ground”.

Lebanese military investigators will begin questioning a former cabinet minister and the head of the Beirut’s port over this week’s explosion that killed and wounded a large number of people in the capital.

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August 07, 2020