It turned out that 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate were stored in the shed. The explosion, which followed a fire in one of the warehouses, caused massive destruction. 250,000 people were rendered homeless and offices, shops, and other buildings were destroyed, including the office where Harb worked.
He was seriously injured in the head. His family told the Associated Press that he was conscious from time to time. The man was transferred to a rehabilitation center after three months in the hospital. Three days earlier, he was taken to his parents’ house, where he died last night.
More than a year later, it remains unclear who was responsible for the explosion.
According to the human rights organization AI The Lebanese government is obstructing the investigation into the disaster and the legal process. As a result, many questions remain unanswered.
After the explosion, about 25 people were arrested in connection with the disaster, mostly dock workers and customs officers. Thirteen of them have since been released. Relatives still demand justice.
“We hope that God will punish everyone who is responsible for this, so what can we do otherwise?” Harb’s brother told The Associated Press.
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