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Report: Officials have warned of the danger of ammonia nitrate in Beirut port

Beirut-Sharqiya, August 11: Lebanese security officials warned the prime minister and president of the state last month that the presence of 2,750 tons of ammonia nitrate in a warehouse in the port of Beirut represents a security risk that may destroy the capital if these materials explode, according to documents reviewed by Reuters.

A report from the General Directorate of State Security on the events that led to the explosion included a reference to a letter sent by private mail to President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Hassan Diab on July 20.

 The letter sent to the president and prime minister came on the heels of a series of notes and letters that port, customs and security officials have sent to the courts over the past six years in which they have repeatedly urged judges to order the transfer of ammonia nitrate from its location very close to the city center.

 The report said that experts warned that the stored materials were dangerous and requested through the port authorities to transfer them to the army, which refused and recommended the transfer of chemical materials or selling them to the Lebanese Explosives Company, a private company.

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