Beirut explosion: Remembering victims of the deadly blast | Lebanon


The devastated city of Beirut on Tuesday marked a week since the catastrophic explosion that killed at some 200 people, injured thousands and plunged Lebanon into a deeper political and economic crisis.

Thousands of people marched near the destroyed port, remembering those who died in arguably the worst single blast to hit the Lebanon in its history. Many marchers had wrapped themselves in the Lebanese flagand were shouted “Long live Lebanon”.

They observed a minute of silence at 6:08 pm local time (4:08 GMT), the moment on August 4 that thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate exploded in the city’s port where it had been stored for more than six years, apparently with the knowledge of top political and security officials.

Questions remain as to why such a huge stash of dangerous material – used in bombs and fertilisers – was allowed to be stored at the port since 2013.

About 20 people have been detained over the explosion. Dozens of people have been questioned, including two former cabinet ministers.

Nearly two dozen people are still unaccounted for and were believed to be close to the warehouse where the blast took place.

Here are some of the victims who were caught in the deadly blast a week ago.



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