Beirut … funerals, horrors and sympathy Middle east


          The Lebanese capital is in the custody of the military ... and those in charge of the port are under house arrest ... and investigations focus on the real cause of the disaster            </p><div>

          <p>Sadness wrapped Beirut as a result of the explosion that took place at its port yesterday, leaving more than one hundred dead, and the confusion overwhelmed the families of about a hundred missing persons searching for them under the rubble and in hospitals, in parallel to the announcement by the Lebanese capital authorities of a disaster city, on the eve of the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to the country.

Amid funerals, horrors and international sympathy that resulted in the start of sending aid, the cabinet declared a state of emergency in Beirut for a period of two weeks, renewable. Accordingly, “the supreme military authority shall immediately assume the maintenance of security.”

The cabinet asked the army to impose house arrest on those responsible for the port.

Judge Fadi Akiki was commissioned by the government’s commissioner to the Military Military Court to conduct all investigations and investigations. Local investigations are focusing on knowing the cause of the explosion, given that these materials are “impossible to explode on their own”, while sources told “Asharq Al-Awsat” that “maintenance work in which workers used metal welding on the entrance to Amber No. 12, was carried out before four Hours after the explosion, at the request of the General Directorate of State Security.

The former heads of government in Lebanon, Saad Hariri, Fouad Siniora, Najib Mikati and Tammam Salam, called for the formation of an international or Arab commission of inquiry to uncover the circumstances of the disaster. And while the “Future Movement” asked about the timing of the explosion, he said that there are “serious doubts surrounding the explosion, its timing, conditions, location, how it happened, and the inflammatory materials that caused it.”

Al-Hariri’s court had scheduled its defendants ’decision to kill him tomorrow, Friday, before yesterday announcing that the announcement was postponed to August 18,“ out of respect for the large number of victims. ”

The governor of Beirut, Marwan Abboud, expressed his belief that “there are between 250 and 300 thousand people who are left without homes, because their homes have become uninhabitable.”



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