The decision was based on a “technical report” that concluded the silos could collapse in the coming months, Mr Makari said in televised comments after Thursday’s Cabinet session. He said it would be too expensive to renovate them.
Families of victims have called for the gutted grain silos to remain in place as a memorial, at least until a stalled probe into the chemical explosion can conclude.
The investigation into the blast, one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions recorded, has faced pushback from senior politicians who have refused to be interrogated.
Mr Makari said that Lebanon’s interior and culture ministers had been tasked with overseeing the creation of a separate memorial for the blast.
Culture Minister Mohamed Mortada previously said that the government had decided to demolish the silos and rebuild new ones based on a “purely economic assessment” of Lebanon’s food security needs.
Economy Minister Amin Salam previously told The National that the judge investigating the blast, Tarek Bitar, had informed the government that having access to the site was not necessary for his inquiry.
Lebanon needs more wheat storage to cope with global grains shortages resulting from the Russian war in Ukraine, from where Lebanon imports most of its wheat, officials say.
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