Lebanese authorities detained 16 Beirut port staff members on Thursday, while over a dozen other workers were questioned as part of an investigation into the deadly blast that rocked Lebanon’s capital on Tuesday, Reuters reports.
The investigation, being carried out under the supervision of the Lebanese Army and Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces Information Division, saw Lebanon’s central bank order an asset freeze of several port and customs officials.
The tragedy has put a major pressure on the local authorities to determine who should be held accountable for the explosion, with the country’s Prime Minister vowing to punish the culprits.
The investigative committee has been given four days to complete the investigation, Al Jazeera reports.
On the other hand, some of the local population is blaming the Lebanese government for the tragedy accusing the current leadership of negligence.
The EU has also offered an additional € 33 million of aid to Lebanon and mobilized material resources, including firefighters, to help the country save lives and determine the extent of the damage.
The EU has also activated its Copernicus Satellite mapping system to support the Lebanese authorities in assessing the extent of the damage.
The explosion destroyed almost everything in the port and the surrounding area up to a radius of 10 km, sending a shockwave across the city equal to an earthquake of 4.5 on the Richter scale.
Imformation source: World Maritime News