Beirut explosion puts spotlight on dangers of chemicals at Haifa port
“Anyone who sees the disaster in Beirut should understand that it can happen here too, in Haifa Bay.”
As Lebanese lawmakers express outrage after an explosion occurred at a warehouse at the Beirut port that stored over 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate for six years, Israelis raised concerns about similar risks at the Haifa port.
“We need to remove the dangerous chemicals from the Haifa bay,” said Likud MK Gila Gamliel to 103FM. “The plan is to remove the [chemicals] within five years and then another five years to clean the area.”
Eli Levi, a writer for Channel 13, told 103FM that “Anyone who sees the disaster in Beirut should understand that it can happen here too, in Haifa Bay – we have huge fuel tanks, a bromine and ammonia reservoir, albeit not in a tank, but in dozens of trucks in the bay.”