The Beirut disaster could have been caused by a ‘rocket or bomb’, Lebanon’s president said today after protests erupted at the elite corruption and incompetence which is widely blamed for the disaster. President Michel Aoun said that ‘the cause has not been determined yet’ three days after the disaster which has killed at least 154 people and devastated large swathes of the city. While authorities are investigating claims of negligence and have arrested 16 port officials, the president said there was also a ‘possibility of external interference through a rocket or bomb or other act’. Aoun also said that Lebanon’s ‘paralysed’ political system should be reconsidered in the nod to the protests which blame Tuesday’s explosion on years of mismanagement and corruption. He pledged ‘swift justice’ but rejected widespread calls for an international probe, telling a reporter he saw it as an attempt to ‘dilute the truth.’ Early reports said fireworks stored near the warehouse or welders being used to repair a broken gate might to be blame, while the United States has not ruled out the possibility of an attack. The son of an assassinated former Lebanese PM has pointed the finger at terrorist group Hezbollah, saying that nothing… Read full this story
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