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One year on from the devastating Beirut port blast, no-one’s been held accountable and Lebanon is sliding towards civil war

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One year ago today, the horrific Beirut Port explosion ravaged Lebanon’s capital, claiming over 217 lives and escalating already boiling tensions in a country embroiled in both political and economic turmoil.

The disaster at Beirut Port was unfortunately not an isolated case in Lebanon, just the most physically appalling, with various other explosions having erupted on the social, political and economic levels alike.

One year on, instead of being able to pick up the pieces and rebuild their nation, the Lebanese have in reality been left to the mercy of the same corrupt internal and external influencers who helped mire their state in debt. As of now, Lebanon has no formal government, 55% of its people live in poverty and officially the country's currency has lost 90% of its value.

Until now, there has been no real accountability for those responsible for the blast, meaning figures who were aware of the dangers posed by the irresponsible storage of ammonium nitrate, the chemical which is concluded to have caused the blast, have not been punished. The well-known NGO, Human Rights Watch, recently released a report, in which they concluded their researchers had witnessed strong evidence indicating that some officials knew the lethal risks involved and tacitly ignored........

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