New Delhi: The Lebanese army said it received 1.3 tons of firecrackers at the port of Beirut which were destroyed in a huge explosion in August. Behind this explosion, large quantities of chemicals were held responsible for their poor storage.
The Lebanese military released a statement on its website on Friday, saying 1,320 kilograms of fireworks were found in 120 cases, which were neutralized by army engineers.
Let us know that a huge explosion in the Port of Beirut on August 4th wreaked havoc. At least 190 people were killed and over 6,000 people were injured as a result of the explosion. On September 3, the Lebanese army said it found 4.35 tons of ammonium nitrate near the entrance to the port.
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The French foreign ministry said on Friday that there was no evidence based on the Lebanese armed wing of Hezbollah stockpiling chemicals to make explosives. The statement comes after a senior US official said he said the group had established a secret location in Europe since 2012.
US State Department coordinator Nathan Sales on Thursday accused the Iranian-backed group of smuggling and storing chemicals, including ammonium nitrate, from Belgium, France , Greece, Italy, Spain and Switzerland, to fight terrorism.
Sales did not give details of this or provide any evidence regarding these activities. He said: “He is storing these weapons so that his bosses in Tehran can carry out major terrorist attacks whenever they want.”
Reacting to the allegations, French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnès von der Muehl told reporters: “To our knowledge, France has no concrete evidence to confirm such an allegation.”