The probe into the catastrophic port explosion was frozen on Tuesday for the second time in less than three weeks after two politicians wanted for questioning filed a new complaint against the lead investigator, a judicial source said.
A year after the cataclysmic Beirut port blast, Shady Rizk’s doctors are still plucking glass from his body. The latest extraction was a centimetre-long sliver above his knee pit. “Almost every month, I find a new piece... the glass is still stuck in my thighs,
"Frankly, with regard to the government, I was hoping the pace would be faster," he said after meeting President Michel Aoun, whom he said he would now see again on Thursday.
On August 4, 2020, a fire broke out in the port of Beirut, followed by a huge explosion at six o'clock and a few minutes (15:00 GMT), whose echoes reached the island of Cyprus, and caused huge damage to the port and neighbourhoods in its surroundings, affecting most of the city and its suburbs.
It is considered the most intense non-nuclear explosion. The 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that was stored in the Beirut port and exploded on August 4, 2020, which killed 200 people, injured 7000 and devastated large neighbourhoods near the port in Beirut has caused public outrage and a political crisis. But Lebanon’s wily
Lebanon’s political watchers know that the failure of Lebanese legislators to choose a president after eight rounds is nothing unusual. Michel Aoun, who stepped down at the end of October, was chosen president in 2016 after 45 rounds and that it took two years to do so. The election of the president becomes crucial because the
Upon returning to the office on Monday, Judge Tarek Bitar ordered the release of five detained suspects and announced his plan to press charges against others, reports Xinhua news agency.
Prosecutor-General Ghassan Oueidat, who was also charged in the Beirut blast investigation, announced on Tuesday his rejection of the decision issued earlier by Bitar, arguing that the judge was suspended from his investigation over a year ago.