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Beirut sends hazardous material to Germany for destruction

BEIRUT (AP) — A German company has eliminated harmful chemical substances saved in dozens of containers from Beirut’s port and is delivery them overseas as a part of efforts to safe the power following final year’s large blast, the office of Lebanon’s prime minister mentioned Wednesday.

Prime Minister Hassan Diab’s office mentioned 59 containers of “hazardous material were deported” from Beirut’s port on Wednesday.

Germany’s ambassador to Lebanon, Andreas Kindl, tweeted in February that the material has first been handled on the port, and that it’s prepared to be shipped to Germany. On Wednesday, he mentioned the ship carrying the material has left and can arrive within the German city of Wilhelmshaven in about 10 days.

“It will take weeks to destroy the chemicals that have been in the Port of Beirut for decades,” Kindl tweeted.

The determination to take away the material adopted the Aug. 4 blast at Beirut’s port that was one of many largest non-nuclear explosions in historical past.

Nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate — a extremely explosive material utilized in fertilizers — had been improperly saved within the port for years. The catastrophic blast killed 211 folks and injured greater than 6,000, devastating close by neighborhoods.

In November, Lebanon signed a cope with Germany’s Combi Lift to deal with and ship overseas the containers consisting of flammable chemical substances. The deal is value $3.6 million, towards which port authorities in Lebanon paid $2 million whereas the German authorities is overlaying the remaining.

Since the August blast and an enormous fireplace on the port weeks later, authorities have been involved about harmful material nonetheless on the facility. A month after the blast, the Lebanese military mentioned navy specialists have been known as in for an inspection and located 4.35 tons of ammonium nitrate that have been eliminated and destroyed.

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