Seven people are still missing in the wake of the August 4 bombing in Beirut, the Lebanese army reports. The missing persons are citizens of Lebanon, Syria and Egypt.
- Search and rescue operations will continue until all those missing have been found, Lebanese Army spokesman Elias Aad told the press, according to news agency AFP.
The devastating blast killed at least 188 people and injured thousands, according to the latest data. Among those killed was Hedwig Waltmans-Molier, 55, the wife of Jan Waltmans, the Dutch ambassador to Lebanon.
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The explosion in the port of Beirut in early August was very devastating.
Photo: Joseph Eid / AFP / Journal
The explosion was caused by 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in the port's warehouse. Ammonium nitrate had time to be stored for about six years before the accident. Local customs authorities are said to have requested the removal of ammonium nitrate cargo from the port on several occasions over the years.
Ammonium nitrate ended up in the port from the Russian-owned vessel MV Rhosus. The ship was on its way through Georgia to Mozambique, but financial difficulties forced it to stop in Beirut. The crew eventually ended up abandoning the ship, and ammonium nitrate was seized in a warehouse where it was stored until a fatal day.
Fabrica de Explosivos Mocambique (FEM), a Mozambican explosives company, has confirmed that the ammonium nitrate that exploded in Beirut was ordered by it. According to the company's representative, this was the only shipment ordered by FEM for the chemical in question that never arrived.
Ammonium nitrate is used, among other things, as a raw material for fertilizers and mining explosives.