May 4 2021, according to local Lebanese media reports, the chief investigator of the bombing in the Lebanese port of Beirut, Bitar issued 13 judicial orders, hoping to provide satellite images of the site of the explosion in countries with satellites over Lebanon in order to continue the investigation of the case.
Earlier, Bittar issued a judicial order requiring disclosure of information about the procurement process involving ammonium nitrate, the companies involved in the transaction and the identity of the operators behind it. In the middle of last month, Bitar released six port officials in custody and rejected the release of 19 other detainees.
On 4 August last year, a violent explosion occurred in the port of Beirut, caused by a fire of 2,750 tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate, which had been stored in the port’s warehouse for six years. The blast caused severe damage to the port and most of the capital, destroying large areas of buildings and facilities and killing some 200 people and injuring more than 6,000.