Will Lebanon ever see justice for the 2020 Beirut port blast?
Duelling charges in the blast investigation have raised hopes, then crushed them.
It has been more than two years since an enormous explosion at Lebanon’s Port of Beirut killed at least 218 people and injured 7,000 – but there has still been no accountability. Families of the victims were given new hope in late January when Judge Tarek Bitar reopened his dormant investigation into the blast, as well as the leaders accused of letting it happen. But two days later, Lebanon’s Prosecutor General Ghassan Oweidat – one of those accused – issued his own charges against Bitar.
Is this now the nail in the coffin for the blast investigation, or can the victims’ families still get justice?
In this episode:
- Kareem Chehayeb (@chehayebk), reporter, Associated Press
- Mariana Fodoulian, sister of Beirut Port-blast victim
This episode was produced by Ashish Malhotra with Amy Walters, Chloe K Li and our host, Malika Bilal. Chloe K Li, Alexandra Locke and Negin Owliaei fact-checked this episode.
Our sound designer is Alex Roldan. Andy Greiner and Adam Abou-Gad are our engagement producers. Alexandra Locke is The Take’s executive producer and Ney Alvarez is Al Jazeera’s head of audio.
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