Shipowner Linked to Hezbollah's Bank? Questions Swirl around the Cargo that Destroyed Beirut

The explosion in Lebanon leads back to an abandoned ship in Beirut that had arrived in the city carrying 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate. Reporting by DER SPIEGEL and OCCRP has determined that the ship’s owner has connections to Hezbollah’s bank.
The destroyed Port of Beirut: There were plenty of warnings about the deadly ammonium nitrate, but nothing was done.

The destroyed Port of Beirut: There were plenty of warnings about the deadly ammonium nitrate, but nothing was done.

Foto: Lorenzo Tugnoli / DER SPIEGEL
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The freighter Rhosus in 2013: The extremely dangerous cargo it brought to Beirut ultimately caused the deadly explosion in the city.

The freighter Rhosus in 2013: The extremely dangerous cargo it brought to Beirut ultimately caused the deadly explosion in the city.

Foto: Anthony Vrailas / REUTERS
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