Beirut ● Thu, August 5 2021
Lebanon marked the first anniversary of the catastrophic Beirut port explosion on Wednesday with prayers for the victims and expressions of anger and sadness from residents who are still in mourning and demanding justice.
One year since the blast, caused by a huge quantity of ammonium nitrate stored unsafely at the port for years, no senior official has been held to account, infuriating many Lebanese as their country endures a financial collapse.
More than 200 people were killed and thousands wounded. One of the biggest non-nuclear explosions ever recorded, it was felt in Cyprus, more than 240 kilometers away.
An investigation into the blast is stalling as requests to question senior politicians and former officials have been denied.
French President Emmanuel Macron, who has led Western pressure for reform in Lebanon, said its leaders owed the p…
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