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Lebanon port blast probe resumes after 13-month halt

Silos in the north block of the Beirut Port, that were destroyed by a massive explosion in 2020, have caught fire due to fermented grains in Beirut, Lebanon,July 24, 2022. (Hassan Ammar/AP)
Silos in the north block of the Beirut Port, that were destroyed by a massive explosion in 2020, have caught fire due to fermented grains in Beirut, Lebanon,July 24, 2022. (Hassan Ammar/AP)

The Lebanese judge investigating the deadly 2020 Beirut port blast has resumed his work, a judicial source says, after a 13-month suspension due to political pressure.

“Judge Tarek Bitar has decided to resume his investigation,” the official tells AFP, adding that he ordered the release of five detained suspects, while charging eight others, including two high-ranking security officials.

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