Lebanon’s president calls for two-week state of emergency in Beirut after blast

Lebanese President Michel Aoun urges for a two weeks state of emergency in Beirut after a massive explosion of Tuesday, calling for an emergency cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

Beirut Port (by Ismail Kรผpeli, licensed under the Creative Commonsย Attribution 2.0 Generic license )

Aoun said on the Presidency Twitter account that it is “unacceptable” that 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate have been stored in a warehouse for six years without safety measures, asking the “harshest punishments” for those responsible.

On the same page the Lebanonโ€™s Supreme Defence Council, recommending to declare Beirut a disaster-stricken city as consequence of the massive explosion, with a two-week state of emergency declaration for the capital and entrusting the security responsibility to military authorities.

In a council statement on television, it was reported the decision of President Michel Aoun to release 100 billion Lebanese pounds from the 2020 budget for emergency allocations.

Before a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday it was recommended to assign a commitee to investigate the explosion and present its findings within five days to inflict the maximum punishment for those responsible.


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