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Beirut port fire might have been sabotage, Lebanon President Aoun says

Filed on September 10, 2020
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A view shows the site of a fire that broke out at Beirut's port area, Lebanon September 10, 2020.


Aoun pledges to hold perpetrators to account and establish the cause of the blaze as soon as possible.

Lebanon President Michel Aoun said on Thursday a huge fire that ripped through Beirut's already devastated port might have been the result of sabotage, a technical error or negligence, the presidential Twitter account said.

"In all cases, the cause must be known as soon as possible and the perpetrators held to account," the president was quoted as saying in the tweet as he met the supreme council of defence.

It was not immediately clear what caused the blaze just over a month after the August 4 port blast that killed more than 190 people, injured thousands and ravaged tens of thousands of homes.

But the International Committee of the Red Cross said the warehouse ablaze at Len port contained precious food aid for Lebanon's embattled population.

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