Lebanese cabinet refers Beirut explosion investigation to judicial council: Reports

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Lebanon's cabinet has referred the investigation into the deadly Beirut explosion to the judicial council, according to media reports.

Local media reported earlier that Prime Minister Hassan Diab had informed President Michel Aoun that he was planning to resign shortly.

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The news comes as multiple MPs and ministers resigned in the past few days, including the finance, justice, information, and environment ministers.

At least 158 people were killed and more than 6,000 others were injured in the capital on Tuesday when a warehouse storing 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate exploded after catching on fire.

The explosion had destroyed entire buildings and shattered windows, leaving around 300,000 people in Beirut homeless.

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