Family members of the victims of the 2020 Beirut port explosion were called in for questioning after they were accused of rioting at protests last week.
Several relatives of the victims of the massive 2020 explosion at Beirut’s port have been questioned by police
after they were accused of rioting and vandalism during protests over the stalled investigation into the blast.
Thirteen family members answered a police summons on Monday while hundreds more relatives of blast victims,
politicians and activists protested outside Beirut’s police compound, where the questioning took place.
Some relatives threw rocks at the Beirut Justice Palace and burned tyres outside the building during last week’s protests, as they decried what they say is police interference in the blast probe.
The August 4, 2020 explosion killed more than 215 people, injured 6,000 and devastated entire neighbourhoods of the Lebanese capital
after hundreds of tonnes of highly explosive ammonium nitrate, a chemical used in fertilisers, detonated in a port warehouse.