Beirut’s port nonetheless has 52 containers of harmful acids


Beirut, January 4

The new Director of the Port of Beirut said there were still 52 containers of dangerous acids at the facility and a German company is working to ship them away.

The German company Combi Lift is properly packaging the acids of eight different types and will ensure their shipping according to European standards, Xinhua news agency quoted Bassem Al-Kaissi as saying to the pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat on Sunday.

The move comes after reports issued by the Lebanese and German Environment Ministries about the presence of acids at the port.

Kaissi attributed the presence of acids at the port to negligence and the long administrative procedures needed to destroy or re-export them.

He said the Lebanese army has checked 725 out of the 10,000 containers available at the port in about a week.

Two huge explosions ripped through the Port of Beirut on August 4, 2020, killing about 200, injuring at least 6,000 and leaving 300,000 homeless.

A big part of the Lebanese capital was destroyed in the disaster.

Investigations pointed to the roughly 500 tonnes of ammonium nitrate left at the port as the cause of the explosions, as stated by caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab last month.

IANS



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