Lebanon's Tripoli port has no grain silo but warehouses 2 km away - director

The main silo in the port in Beirut has been damaged by a huge blast on Tuesday

  
A Lebanese army helicopter flies over the site of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 5, 2020.

A Lebanese army helicopter flies over the site of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 5, 2020.

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CAIRO - The port in Lebanon's second largest city Tripoli does not have grain silos, but wheat can be transferred directly to storage facilities in mills some 2 km away, port director Ahmed Tamer told Reuters on Wednesday.

The main silo in the port in Beirut had a storage capacity of 120,000 tonnes of grain but has been damaged by a huge blast on Tuesday. There have been plans to build one with a 150,000 tonne-capacity in Tripoli, Tamer said.

(Reporting by Maha El Dahan in Dubai; Writing by Nadine Awadalla in Cairo; Editing by Kevin Liffey) ((Nadine.Awadalla@thomsonreuters.com;))

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