Lebanon refers ammonium nitrate carriers to court
Security forces made six arrests after seizing a truck containing 2o tonnes of the material - used in agriculture as a high nitrogen fertiliser, but can also be used in the manufacture of explosives - at a warehouse in Bednayel, Baalbek district earlier this month.
Nine other people suspected of involvement were arrested. This included "the Lebanese Saad Allah Al-Saleh, owner of the truck ... and the Syrian Khaled Al-Hassan, the arrested Al-Saqer's driver", the army statement read.
Investigations claim that Al-Saleh purchased the ammonium nitrate from Sakr in March 2021 and that two Syrian nationals had transferred the materials, the statement continued.
Sakhr, Al-Saleh, and the Syrian nationals "were referred to the competent judiciary for their involvement in the sale, purchase, storage and transportation of prohibited materials", and the remaining arrestees were released.
Thousands of tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored at the Port of Beirut caused a devastating explosion on 4 August 2020, killing more than 200 in the city and injuring thousands.
New Lebanese Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi, who was with the security forces when the truck was seized, said the ammonium nitrate found would be transferred to safer conditions to avoid an explosion.
Despite government promises of justice, nobody has yet been charged in connection with the Beirut blast.