UAE Flies In Aid As Beirut Blasts' Toll Goes Past 130
Gulf Today|August 06, 2020
UAE Flies In Aid As Beirut Blasts' Toll Goes Past 130
Two-week state of emergency declared in Beirut, injured 5,000; port officials under house arrest; probe focusses on 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate dump; verdict on ex-PM Hariri delayed.

Emergency medical aid and pop-up field hospitals were dispatched to Lebanon on Wednesday along with rescue experts and tracking dogs, as the world reached out to the victims of the explosion that devastated Beirut.

The blast centred on the city’s port caused massive destruction and killed at least 135 people, heaping misery on a country already in crisis.

Lebanon’s cabinet on Wednesday declared a two-week state of emergency in Beirut following the explosions in the port, and handed control of security in the capital to the military.

Investigators began searching through the wreckage of Beirut’s port for clues to the cause of the massive explosion that ripped across the Lebanese capital, and the government ordered port officials put under house arrest amid speculation that negligence was to blame.

The investigation is focusing on how 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical used in fertilisers, came to be stored at the facility for six years, and why nothing was done about it.

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August 06, 2020