Lebanon’s president rejects call for international probe
Published: 08:11 PM, 8 August 2020
Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun
Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun has rejected calls for an international inquiry into a bomb blast near the port city of Beirut, saying “attack or negligence could be the cause of the blast.”
In a statement to reporters, Aun called for an international investigation in an attempt to downplay the real facts. So he has rejected the demand for an international investigation.
“Rescuers were still searching for survivors inside the rubble of the blast,” Aun said.
The blast, that killed 157 people, occurred shortly in the afternoon in front of the Lebanese capital, Beirut. Besides, about 5,000 people were injured. The blast was so intense that the whole city shook like an earthquake.
Part of the port of Beirut vanished in the blast. The huge radius of the city center has been reduced to rubble. Around 3 lakh people have become homeless. It is feared that the death toll could rise further in the end.
After the blast on Tuesday, the ruling class of the country has faced the dissatisfaction of the people. Many citizens of the country are blaming the political system for the dangerous stockpile of ammonium nitrate in the warehouse of the port.
Meanwhile, on Friday, President Michel Aoun acknowledged Lebanon’s political system as disabled, saying, “This political system needs to be reconsidered. I promised a speedy trial.”
Aun said there could be two possible causes for the explosion. Maybe it was due to negligence. Or there has been foreign intervention due to missiles or bomb attacks. For the first time, the country’s top government officials have claimed responsibility for the blast.