Lebanon's president calls for two-week state of emergency in Beirut after blast


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  • Wednesday, 05 Aug 2020

A man run as smoke rises at the site of an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon August 4, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese President Michel Aoun said a state of emergency should be declared in Beirut for two weeks after a massive explosion in the capital on Tuesday, and called for an emergency cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

Aoun, in remarks published on the Presidency Twitter account, said it was "unacceptable" that 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate was stored in a warehouse for six years without safety measures and vowed that those responsible would face the "harshest punishments".

(Reporting by Ghaida Ghantous; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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