Lebanon putting some Beirut port officials on house arrest

By Bassem Mroue and Zeina Karam Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanon government says it is putting an unspecified number of Beirut port officials under house arrest pending an investigation into how 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate came to be stored at the port for years.

The move comes amid speculation that negligence was to blame for the explosion that killed more than 100 people.

It was announced following a Cabinet meeting Wednesday during which the government declared a two-week “state of emergency,” effectively giving the military full powers during this time.

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