Beyond the Beirut explosion: The many dangers of ammonium nitrate

On August 4, 2020, nearly 2,750 tonnes of improperly stored ammonium nitrate exploded in the seaport in Beirut, killing more than 200 people, injuring more than 6,000, and displacing thousands from their homes. As Beirut residents still await answers from the official investigation, it is important not to brush aside this incident as the product […]

6 months after Beirut blast: Rebuilding slow, prosecution stalled

Beirut, Lebanon – Six months after a massive explosion devastated Beirut, the scars of destruction remain everywhere. The dire state of Lebanon’s economy has handicapped rebuilding efforts, with victims and survivors saying the government continues to offer no reconstruction aid while failing to determine who was responsible. “The way that the government is treating this is […]

Tough times for Lebanon’s biggest optimist

Beirut, Lebanon – Anthony Rahayel’s work is guided by a simple premise he has repeated like a mantra in hundreds of online videos over the years: “Lebanon is the most beautiful country in the world.” It was a brave assertion even before Lebanon’s terrible downfall over the past year or so. Now, after the country […]

Syrian businessmen linked to firm that bought Beirut explosives

Beirut, Lebanon – Three Syrian businessmen with close ties to the Syrian government have been linked to the company that bought the explosive material that entered Beirut’s port in 2013 and fuelled a massive explosion in August that devastated parts of the Lebanese capital. The Syrian businessmen, George Haswani and brothers Imad and Mudalal Khuri, […]

Interpol issues ‘red notices’ for three linked to Beirut blast

Arrest notices issued for men connected to 2,750 tonnes of explosive material shipped into Beirut’s port. Beirut, Lebanon – Interpol has issued three international arrest notices for the owner and captain of a ship that brought 2,750 tonnes of explosive material into Beirut’s port seven years before it exploded in the deadly August 2020 blast. […]

Lebanon PM, former ministers charged over Beirut blast

DEVELOPING STORY Prime Minister Hassan Diab and three former ministers charged with negligence over Beirut port explosion. Beirut, Lebanon – Lebanon’s outgoing Prime Minister Hassan Diab and three former ministers have been charged with negligence that led to the deaths of hundreds and injuries to thousands in the massive August Beirut port explosion. Fadi Sawan, […]

Lebanon crisis: France’s Macron announces fund for sustained aid

Beirut, Lebanon – French President Emmanuel Macron announced a World Bank-hosted humanitarian fund for crisis-hit Lebanon on Wednesday, saying relief would bypass the country’s increasingly ostracised politicians and go directly to the Lebanese people and trusted NGOs. Macron spoke at an international conference organised by France and the United Nations that aimed to assess the […]

No top officials to be indicted over Beirut blast: Sources #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Beirut, Lebanon – The Lebanese investigator overseeing a probe into the August Beirut explosion that killed more than 200 people is winding down his investigation without accounting for the responsibilities of top-level political and security officials. Judicial Investigator Fadi Sawan is waiting for the arrival of a report by French investigators within two weeks before […]

Saving Beirut’s destroyed climbing wall

When I first heard of the Beirut blast on August 4 that killed nearly 200 people and injured more than 6,000 others, I immediately messaged climbing friends in Lebanon. “Are you okay?” I asked Charlie Sifri. “Yes we’re all safe but the climbing gym is destroyed. We’re lucky Flyp was closed or we’d have perished,” […]

‘No sign of life’ after days of search for Beirut blast survivors

Rescue workers digging through the rubble of a Beirut building for the third day have said there is no longer hope of finding someone alive more than a month after a huge port explosion shattered Lebanon’s capital. About 50 rescue workers and volunteers, including a specialist team from Chile, had been working for three days […]

Search for possible Beirut blast survivor enters third day

Rescuers in the Lebanese capital have resumed work in a bid to determine if there is a person trapped under piles of debris of a building that collapsed a month ago following a deadly explosion. One month after the massive blast at Beirut’s port devastated the city, a frantic search for a possible survivor entered its […]

Search for survivor continues under Beirut building rubble

Rescue workers used cranes, shovels and their hands in search operations under the rubble of a building that collapsed last month in Beirut’s catastrophic explosion, hoping to find a survivor after a pulsing signal was detected. Search operations began on Thursday afternoon after a Chilean rescue team said it detected signs of life in the […]

‘Signs of life’ under Beirut rubble one month since explosion

Beirut, Lebanon – A Chilean rescue team said it detected signs of life underneath the rubble of a building that collapsed in the massive explosion that tore through Beirut one month ago. A member of the TOPOS CHILE rescue team told Al Jazeera that, using a scanning machine, it discovered signs of a pulse and […]

Lebanon: Over 4 tonnes of ammonium nitrate found near Beirut port

Lebanon’s army has found 4.35 tonnes of ammonium nitrate near the entrance to Beirut port, the site of a powerful explosion last month, caused by a large stockpile of the same highly explosive chemical, that killed 191 people. The military said in a statement on Thursday that army experts were called in for an inspection […]

Exclusive: French reform proposal for Lebanon delves into details

Beirut, Lebanon – French President Emmanuel Macron, in a visit to Lebanon, has offered to help provide the crisis-hit nation with vital aid if its politicians make good on long-overdue reforms. Speaking at the palatial French ambassador’s residence in Beirut from where Greater Lebanon was proclaimed by colonial France 100 years ago, Macron said on […]

In Lebanon, Macron offers the carrot or the stick

Beirut, Lebanon – French President Emmanuel Macron presented Lebanon’s political establishment with two choices during a trip that ended Tuesday: implement reforms, and vital international aid will flow plentifully, but continue on the same path, and the doors to assistance will slam shut – and the country’s ossified political leadership may be directly targeted with […]

Security forces tear gas anti-gov’t protesters on centennial

Beirut, Lebanon – Angry protesters threw rocks and used metal frames to climb over steel walls surrounding Lebanon’s heavily fortified Parliament complex in central Beirut as security forces fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. A smaller group of demonstrators marched towards Parliament after hundreds of others gathered in Martyrs’ Square on Tuesday to demand justice […]

Mustapha Adib on course to be designated Lebanon PM

Lebanon’s Ambassador to Germany Mustapha Adib looks set to become the new Lebanese prime minister-designate. Fouad Siniora, a senior member of the Future Movement led by Lebanon’s main Sunni politician Saad al-Hariri, said on Sunday the party would nominate Adib to be prime minister in formal consultations starting on Monday. The announcement makes Adib the […]

More than half of Lebanon could face food shortages: UN

More than half of Lebanon’s population risk facing a food crisis in the aftermath of a Beirut port blast that compounded the country’s many woes, a UN agency has warned. “More than half of the country’s population is at risk of failing to access their basic food needs by the year’s end,” the UN Economic […]

How Tripoli’s port ‘stepped in’ after ‘apocalyptic’ Beirut blast

Tripoli, Lebanon – On August 4, several ships were making their way through the Mediterranean Sea towards the port of Beirut to offload shipments of wheat, medicine and steel, among others. But when the clock struck 6:08pm in Lebanon, a huge explosion at Beirut port’s now-infamous Hangar 12 sent strong shockwaves through the sea. They […]