| 16 April 2024, Tuesday |

“Sawt Beirut International” unveils crucial data related to transport of toxic material from Port of Beirut

Important data have arose in the past few hours after it has been announced that the German ship, which will transport toxic and explosive materials from the port  will arrive to the Port of Beirut. According to data obtained by “Sawt Beirut International” correspondent Rabih Shantaf, “The German ship has arrived at the port on Monday at 3 pm, and it will transport 59 containers of toxic and explosive materials to Germany on Wednesday April 28.

Shantaf added that these materials will be destroyed in Hamburg, Germany, while 20 containers are scheduled to be demolished in Lebanon.”

The German source told “Sawt Beirut International” that 80 containers should be demolished, but Germany agreed to abolish 59 of it only. This means that the remaining containers in the port and other places will not be demolished. The material were transferred to the Port of Beirut between the years 2010-2020.

The source pointed out that “the German delegation to Lebanon is preparing for the transportation process, although preparations have kicked off since last November, due to a request of the Council of Ministers.”

Germany has granted the major cost of transporting the toxic material, but sources indicated that cost of transporting the containers hems around $12 million, of which $2 million will be covered by the Lebanese government, and there is possibility of returning back what was paid.

Shantaf said that the Lebanese army has been following what is happening in the port since August 4, the date of the explosion.”

He added that in the last few hours crucial judicial data has emerged with regard to the investigations, and it was indicated that the judicial investigator Judge Tarek Bitar continues to listen to new witnesses’ testimonies. He summoned 3 new witnesses for the session that will be held on Wednesday, after he listened to two witnesses on Monday. It is noteworthy that the schedule prepared by Judge Bitar and his assistants include new names. This investigation phase is considered a preliminary phase before they start interrogating the defendants.”

  • Sawt Beirut International