Kuwait to rebuild Beirut grain silos destroyed in blast
"We decided that the best and most appropriate way to start with the material aid is to rebuild the silos," Kuwaiti Ambassador to Lebanon Abdel-Aal al-Qenaei was quoted as saying.
Plans for another grain silo in Lebanon's Tripoli port were shelved a few years ago after failing to secure enough funding, a UN official, port official and regional grain expert told Reuters earlier in the month.
According to the UN, 85 per cent of Lebanon's grain and wheat supply was stored at the wheat silos at Beirut port prior to being destroyed by the blast – believed to have been caused by some 2,700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate.
The explosion killed at least 180 people, injured 6,500 and displaced 300,000 people.
"These silos were originally built in the year 1969 with a loan from the Kuwait Fund for Development, and that is why we decided to announce their rebuilding," the envoy said.