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Media: the Director of the Beirut port was detained on the case about the explosion

Director of the port of Beirut Hassan Koraytem was among 16 detained in the framework of the first phase of the investigation of the explosion at the port, which occurred on Tuesday evening and claimed the lives of 137 people, told Lebanese LBC TV channel, citing sources in the Prosecutor's office.

As stated earlier Koraytem, he knew about the storage in the port explosives, but had no idea that they are so dangerous. He also noted that the port services some time in 2014 informed the judicial authorities about the presence of dangerous goods but have not received any response from them, what to do with him.

According to TV channel, Hassan Koraytem detained 16 suspects in relation to it issued an order prohibiting travel outside the country.

Earlier, the representative of the military court of Lebanon Fadi Akiki announced the arrest of 16 people after questioning more than 18 people on the case of explosion in the port of Beirut.

Earlier, the Lebanese channel MTV showed the document with the instruction from the Central Bank for banks and other financial institutions to freeze the accounts of seven people, including the head of the port and head of the Customs Department.

A devastating explosion occurred on Tuesday in the seaport area of Beirut near a base of the Navy of Lebanon. The blast had destroyed and damaged dozens of homes and cars, in many areas of the capital, glass was broken. According to local authorities, the cause of the explosion was the detonation of stored in the warehouse 2750 tons a confiscated customs services in 2014 ammonium nitrate.

According to the latest data, the explosion killed 137 people, about 5 thousand wounded. In the country the mourning is declared. The capital of Lebanon declared disaster area, in town for two weeks imposed a state of emergency.