The sudden stop that led to the disaster in Beirut

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2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded in a port in Beirut, in a disaster that raises suspicions of gross negligence. The captain of the Russian ship that brought the material in September 2013 says that a stop in Beirut was not on the agenda at all, until the owner demanded to load more goods: “He was greedy.” After a confrontation with the authorities, Lebanon removed the dangerous chemical from the ship and stored it until it exploded: “She did not care about the substance”

Published: 06.08.20 , 19:52

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