Lebanese military Prosecutor’s office after questioning detained 16 port workers in the framework of the investigation of the explosion in the port of Beirut, which occurred on 4 August. About it reports TV channel Al Jazeera.
Military Prosecutor Fadi Akiki said that the interrogation caused 18 of port workers, 16 of them detained for further investigation.
Among the detainees – employees of the port, customs, workers engaged in repair work, and their managers.
On 5 August Al Jazeera, citing a source in the government of Lebanon reported that the administration of the port of Beirut, which was responsible for the security of ships and goods, sent under house arrest.
A powerful explosion in the port of Beirut occurred on the evening of 4 August. Close to the port areas of Lebanon’s capital damaged or destroyed many buildings. Reuters wrote, citing eyewitnesses that the explosion was of such force that it felt even residents of the capital Nicosia, which is located almost 200 km from Beirut. The television channel Al Jazeera reported that the blast the cars threw him into the roof of the plant about three floors.
Victims were more than 150 people, about 5 thousand wounded and dozens were missing.
The Governor of the Lebanese capital, Marwan Abboud said that the explosion left homeless and up to 300 thousand people. He estimated the damage from the occurrence, at $3-5 billion.
According to preliminary information, the explosion occurred in a warehouse of ammonium nitrate after the fire, caused by welding operations.
According to Reuters, Lebanese officials ignored the proposals of customs to re-export or sale 2750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate seized from the vessel Rhosus (the ship belonged to Grechushkina) in the port of Beirut. As told the interlocutor of the Agency, a team of inspectors warned that if nitrate is not taken out, “the could take the whole Beirut”.