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Beirut Port Blast Cargo Linked to Assad

The August Beirut port blast which killed and wounded hundreds in the capital, were reportedly linked to Syrian businessmen who had ties with the President of Syria.

The August Beirut port blast which killed and wounded hundreds in the capital, were reportedly linked to Syrian businessmen who had ties with the President of Syria. 

The Syrian businessmen, George Haswani, brothers Imad Khuri, and Mudalal Khuri had close links to the company Savaro Limited, which bought the stocks of ammonium nitrate in 2013.

The explosive materials were stored in Beirut and later caused the deadly explosion in the capital, investigations by filmmaker Firas Hatoum revealed. 

According to the UK-government Companies House website, Savaro Limited had the same address as the companies formerly led by said businessmen. 

The United States sanctioned Haswani and Mudalal Khuri in 2015, for backing the war in Syria.

“Haswani is a Syrian businessman who serves as a middleman for oil purchases by the Syrian regime from ISIL,” the 2015 US Treasury Department statement said. 

The department also said, “Khuri has had a long association with the Assad regime and represents regime business and financial interests in Russia…He also served as an intermediary between Batoul Rida and a Russian firm on an attempted procurement of ammonium nitrate in late 2013.”

Meanwhile in 2016, the US also sanctioned Imad Khuri for assisting his brother. 

The men have yet to respond for comment. 

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