BEIRUT -- A Lebanese lawyer filed a legal complaint Wednesday against the country's president and prime minister for allegedly not taking action to remove dangerous material that had been stored at the port of Beirut.

The material - 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, a chemical used in fertilizers and explosives - ignited earlier this month, killing scores and wounding thousands of people.

The complaint by lawyer Majd Harb is largely symbolic. It's centred on the fact that President Michel Aoun and outgoing Prime Minister Hassan Diab received a security report two weeks before the Aug. 4, explosion, warning about the dangers of storing the chemical.

Following the explosion, Aoun said that once he received the report, he asked his military adviser to immediately act on it and do what was necessary. However, it was not clear why the material was not removed. There has been no comment from Diab, who resigned under pressure few days after the blast.

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