Egypt has started
disposing of abandoned and dangerous materials at ports after the massive
explosion in Beirut’s port this month, the finance minister said on Sunday 16 Aug 2020.
What happened in Beirut made us examine our own situation
“What happened in
Beirut made us examine our own situation and we actually got rid of large
quantities of abandoned and neglected and dangerous materials that were in the
ports,” Mohamed Mait told parliament.
materials that have been delivered to multiple ministries including oil and
defence and interior, and by next December Egyptian ports will be completely
procedures at would also improve controls at ports, Mait said.
Beirut blast killed more than 170 people
The Aug. 4 blast
in Beirut, caused by the detonation of more than 2,000 tonnes of ammonium
nitrate stored at its port, killed more than 170 people and wreaked destruction
over swathes of the Lebanese capital.