Lebanon Is Worried By Delay Of The Beirut Blast Satellite Images

Lebanon Hasn't Received Beirut Blast Satellite Images It Was Expecting From France, Italy
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Despite the fact that the Port explosion took place over 2 months ago, the investigation into it, carried out by the local authorities, has not yet delivered an outcome. Apparently, it is also still awaiting external data.

On Tuesday, now-former Prime Minister said that was still waiting to receive satellite images of the deadly August 4th blast from each of and .

Speaking to journalists, the official said that he had requested from French President satellite images that showed Port “before, during, and after” the explosion.

He added that a similar request has been delivered to the Italian authorities. “They should have given them to us, but this hasn’t happened and I don’t know why,” he said.

During French President Macron’s first visit to after the blast, his Lebanese counterpart, President , asked him to provide aerial photos that can help “determine if there were aircraft or missiles in the air [at the time of the explosion],” the latter announced on August 7th.

Despite these requests, neither nor has publicly confirmed that it would provide such images to . However, the possibility is there that they would be included with their investigation reports.

Meanwhile, the local investigation is ongoing with no results announced to the public yet.

Last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which had joined the investigation in August, announced that it had reached no conclusion regarding the cause of the explosion.

Following the announcement, it was reported that the Lebanese authorities were expecting another report, more detailed than the FBI’s, from the French investigative team that also worked on the blast site.


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