The head of the Beirut port has stated that no explosives were stored near the substances that blew up a day ago, injuring thousands of people.
According to the head of the facility, those were dangerous materials, but “not to this extent”. He also said that Customs and State Security had sent letters to “remove the explosive materials, but for six years we have been waiting to address the issue with no result”.
In the meantime, the Lebanese authorities have decided to use the port of Tripoli as a temporary replacement for the port of Beirut, devastated by the blast.
According to the city's governor, over half of the town’s buildings have been destroyed or seriously damaged by the blast. The Lebanese government has declared a three-day mourning period for the victims of the tragedy, starting 5 August.