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.
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 Lebanon’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.