As a result of the explosions in Beirut, at least 16 officials of the port and the customs authority were detained in the investigation into the deadly explosion.
According to military prosecutor Fadi Akiki, they are “responsible for the port board and customs administration, as well as for maintenance work and workers who performed work on hangar 12,” where tons of ammonium nitrate was stored.
“Sixteen people are being held as part of the investigation,” said military prosecutor Fadi Akiki, who did not specify the date of arrest, identity, or charges.
The blasts in Beirut have left more than 130 people dead and more than 5,000 injured in blasts that have ravaged entire neighborhoods. According to authorities, the explosion caused 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in a port hangar “without precautions” for six years.
Lebanese authorities say the warehouse exploded following a fire.
Port authorities, customs, and some security services were aware that dangerous chemicals were stored there, but they blamed each other.
The Beirut explosion was the equivalent of a magnitude 4.5 earthquake
At least 27 people have been killed and 2,500 injured in the Beirut blast, according to a Lebanese health ministry interim report, although the Lebanese Red Cross says more than 70 people have been killed.
The Jordanian Seismological Observatory said that “the explosion that took place in the port of Beirut in the evening of March was the equivalent of the magnitude of an earthquake of 4.5 degrees on the Richter scale”.