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Lebanon to place Beirut port officials under house arrest: sources

Men carrying bottles of water walk past damaged buildings and vehicles near the site of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 5, 2020. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon’s cabinet on Wednesday agreed to place all Beirut port officials who have overseen storage and security since 2014 under house arrest, ministerial sources said.

It was not clear how many officials would be included or their seniority level. The army will oversee the house arrest until responsibility is determined for a huge explosion at the port that occurred on Tuesday, the sources said.

Reporting by Ellen Francis; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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