December 1, 2021

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Russia supplies satellite imagery to Lebanon

Russia on Monday handed over satellite images taken before and after the explosion that devastated the port of Beirut last year to Lebanon, hoping undisclosed documents could help the investigation. “Today (Russian space agency) we gave documents and satellite images produced by Roscosmos. We hope this helps to explore the reasons for this incident., The head of Russian diplomacy Sergei Lavrov made the announcement after receiving his Lebanese envoy to Moscow, Abdullah Bou Habib. These are pictures of the port of Beirut taken before the eruption on August 4, 2020 and others taken after the eruption. This is the first time Lebanese authorities have obtained satellite documents on the disaster.

Roscosmos researchers say experts can understand what it is and what can be linked from the nature of destruction.To this tragedy, said Sergei Lavrov. A massive explosion of ammonium nitrate stored in the port of Beirut has killed more than 215 people and devastated the entire Lebanese capital. Lebanese officials accused of negligence opposed the international investigation. The judge in charge of the local hearing was under intense political pressure and had to suspend his trial for the third time on November 4 following an appeal by a former minister.

The magistrate had sought the cooperation of several countries, especially the United States and France, to obtain satellite images of the port on August 4, 2020, which had not been successful until then. In addition to investigating the explosion at the port of Beirut, Sergei Lavrov and Bou Habib raised the issue of Syrian refugees in neighboring countries in the wake of the complex civil war since 2011. The return of these refugees to Syria indicates the potential setting for an international conference on the issue in Lebanon, which welcomes more than 1.5 million Syrians.

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