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Denys Bédarride
Monday 5 September 2022 Last update on Monday, September 5, 2022 At 7:00 AM

The silos of the port of Beirut, which were very badly damaged during the explosion which occurred on August 4, 2020, have suffered several partial collapses since the end of July in their northern part. Following persistent fires, the rest of the North block of silos completely collapsed on Tuesday, August 23.

According to French civil engineer Emmanuel Durand, who installed sensors inside the silos, the South block is stable for now.

In this regard, the outgoing Prime Minister Nagib Mikati asked the outgoing Minister of Transport, Ali Hamiyé, to preserve and classify the southern part of the silos as a memorial monument for the victims of August 4, 2020. To do this, he called to modify a previous decision of his government, taken last March, which advocated the destruction of the entire structure. 

For the record, this decision was followed a few days later by a counter-decision by the Minister of Culture, Mohammad Mortada, who had decided to classify the silos as historical monuments, before retracting.

At the same time, the outgoing Minister of the Environment, Nasser Yassine, announced on August 24 that the start of the cooling operations of the silos, plagued by fire for more than a month, as well as the removal of the rubble from the North block, was going to start the same day.

Source Embassy of France in Lebanon

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