Beirut explosion: Remembering victims of the deadly blast
The massive explosion at Beirut’s port on August 4 killed scores of people and wounded thousands of others.
It has been one week since a massive explosion caused by the ignition of some 2,750 tonnes of stored ammonium nitrate devastated Lebanon’s capital.
Thousands of people on Tuesday gathered in Beirut where a moment of silence was held by for the victims of the catastrophic explosion, which killed at least 171 people, according to the health ministry’s latest tally. Dozens of others are still missing, while some 6,000 suffered injuries and 300,000 were left homeless.
Crowds walked through some of the capital’s worst-hit neighbourhoods, marching towards the parliament building.
Questions remain as to why such a huge stash of dangerous material – used in bombs and fertilisers – was allowed to be stored at Beirut’s port since 2013.
About 20 people have been detained over the explosion. Dozens 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 on August 4.