An FBI investigation revealed that the amount of the ammonium nitrate which exploded in the Beirut blast on August 4th 2020 equals 522 tons out of the originally 2775 tons preserved in the port from 9 years ago.
The FBI report, unveiled days before the first anniversary of Beirut's port blast which killed 216 people, injured over 6,500 while destroying hundreds of thousands of houses, claims that 80% of the ammonium nitrate had disappeared before the exploasion.
الكمية التي انفجرت بحسب تحقيق الاف بي آي هي 522 طناً من أصل 2775 طناً من التي خزنت في المرفأ عام 2013.— Daraj درج (@Daraj_media) July 30, 2021
Several conspiracy theories on the disappearance of the lost ammonium nitrate amount came out; especially after a Lebanese official skipped the answer to the question asked days after the horrific incident.
One of the theories suggests that the rest of the amount was brought to be sent to the Syrian regime with claims saying it was transported from warehouse number 12 directly to Syria.
لماذا لم تقل لنا بعد الدولة اللبنانية كيف انفجر نيترات الامونيوم بالمرفأ وقتل أهلنا ودمر بيوتنا؟؟؟ ما الذي تخفونه ؟ كيف انفجرت هذه المواد؟ ولماذا بقيت ست سنوات مخزّنة؟ من فجرّها؟ ومن كان يستخدم مواد كهذه بكمية كهذه؟ لأي غرض؟— Ghada Oueiss غادة عويس (@ghadaoueiss) July 29, 2021
ما الذي تخفونه؟؟؟؟؟!! pic.twitter.com/MU8FYEfZmR
Lebanese people held several protests as the investigation into the cause of the huge blast is still a mystery. During the protests people called to remove immunities of officials involved in the explosion in order to have a fair investigation and trial. However, the Lebanese judge probing the case refused to take away ministers’ immunities.
August 4 belongs only to the victims and their families ... August 4 does not belong to any political party or thawra! Plz do not use this tragedy for ur revenge and political plans...#ارفعوا_الحصانات— Ophemia aoun (@OphemiaA) July 29, 2021
If you look at official import-export figures for Ammonium Nitrate in Lebanon, you’ll find that a good 1000+ tonnes made it out of Tripoli, most likely to Syria, in early 2014. Lebanon went from exporting 0 to exporting 1,000 tonnes shortly after the Rhosus docked in Beirut…— Michel El Meouchi (@mouch2000) July 31, 2021
A Lebanese member of Parliament, Ali Hasan Khalil, said that his party is ready to remove the immunity of officials involved in the port blast in 2020. The new PM-designate businessman Najib Mikati expressed sadness over the Beirut explosion calling it “the crime of the century.”
Lebanon’s former prime minister Saad Hariri posted on Twitter: “When countries are going through major crises, and a crime the size of the port blast happens, which was classified as the third largest explosion in history; there must be exceptional decisions taken to measure to the extent of the crime.”
عندما تمر الدول بأزمات كبرى، وتقع فيها جريمة بحجم جريمة #مرفأ_بيروت، التي تمّ تصنيفها ثالث أكبر إنفجار بتاريخ العالم. على الدول، وعلى القوى السياسية فيها، أن تأخذ قرارات إستثنائية بحجم الجريمة. #ما_في_كبير_قدام_الحقيقة— Saad Hariri (@saadhariri) July 27, 2021
One year on since Beirut’s port blast which left around $15 billion in property damage, UNICEF MENA is scheduled to hold a press conference on the conditions of kids and families following the horrific explosion after a survey on 1,200 people.
According to the UN’s survey the results are alarming. After the conference, the NGO will visit an exhibition of paintings of affected children displaying their fears and concerns, and equally their hopes and dreams.
📸MEDIA ADVISORY – PRESS CONFERENCE IN #BEIRUT: One year on: a long, slow road to recovery for children affected by the Beirut explosions.— UNICEF MENA - يونيسف الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا (@UNICEFmena) July 30, 2021
🗓️Tuesday, 3 August 2021
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Lebanon is currently facing the worst political and economic crisis in its history especially after the port blast and the novel COVID-19 pandemic as the Lebanese currency has lost more than 90 percent of its value since fall 2019 besides the medicine shortage that is taking people’s lives with the latest being Zahra Tleis a 9-year-old child who was killed after her parents couldn’t find the right medicine for her after being stung by a scorpion.
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