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Conflict Incident Report

Gas canister with 'radioactive' warning causes panic in Ouzai

Date of incident: 
February 27, 2018
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF)

Security forces investigated Tuesday a gas canister with “radioactive material” printed on the side that was found on the shore near Beirut’s southern suburb of Ouzai, a security source said told The Daily Star.

The small canister also had “Made in the USA” on it, the source added.

The Lebanese Army’s engineering regiment was called to the scene to inspect the canister while security forces cordoned off the area.

News of the possibly dangerous find caused panic among some residents of the area, the source said.

Environment Minister Tarek Khatib also headed to the site with a team from the Lebanese Atomic Energy Commission.

"[Experts] are saying that [the canister] was put there and was not washed up on the shore by the sea," the source said.

This security incident was mapped according to the closest possible location.
Primary category: 
Dismantlement of Explosives/Demining
Classification of conflict (primary): 
Power & governance conflicts
Violent or non-violent conflicts associated with antagonisms related to internal political tensions between local and/or national groups and parties. These tensions may be encouraged by internal, regional and international parties. Such conflicts are characterized by their defiance and/or opposition to central State power and governance.